Strikers hit the Paris streets

Showbiz workers protest outside key locations

PARIS — More than 500 angry showbiz workers took to the Paris streets today to protest pending reforms to their unemployment benefits.

The workers gathered outside the offices of the Conseil Superieur de l’Emploi (CSE), where the employment org is meeting today to give its opinion on the government’s reform proposals. The CGT, the major Gallic union for showbiz workers, has called for “a day of national mobilization”.

Protests are also planned this afternoon outside the headquarters of France Televisions, home to pubcasters France 2 and France 3, the third and first largest employers of part-time showbizzers, respectively.

Several dozen protesters disrupted the filming of a casting call for the reality show “Popstars,” which was taking place today in the Parc Chanot in Marseilles. The protesters blocked the entrance to the park for two hours before web M6 could resume filming.

The enraged workers, whose national strike has already led to the cancellation of the Avignon theater fest, as well as Paris’ outdoor cinema series among many other events, also interrupted France 3’s news program Thursday night, forcing the web to momentarily stop programming.

The protesters want the government to withdraw its proposals that part-time showbizzers work 507 hours over 10 months to qualify for eight months of benefits rather than the 507 hours over 12 months for a year’s benefits that is currently afforded them.

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