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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7951949.stm

This is a scene that is likely to repeat itself around the world.

Hundreds of thousands of French workers have begun protests across the country during a nationwide strike.

Schools are closed and public transport is being disrupted, with demonstrations organised in about 200 towns.

Unions are opposing President Nicolas Sarkozy’s economic policies. Unemployment has reached two million and is expected to rise further.

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commuters in Paris

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