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Some 110,000 teachers go on strike against job cuts in France

(Xinhua)

10:40, September 28, 2011

PARIS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Some 110,000 teachers took to the street across France on Tuesday to protest against job and budget cuts with an estimation of 8,500 in Paris.

The Interior Ministry put the figure at 110,000 while the national educational union said the strike has mobilized over 165,000 teachers from both the public and private sectors, according to French daily Le Figaro.

The union said there were some 45,000 teachers and parents demonstrated in Paris to show their rejection to the cuts.

Several party leaders vying for 2012 presidential election voiced their support to the educational protesters.

Christine Boutin, a major Christian democratic, said the demonstration was an expression of the flaw in French national education.

Socialist candidate Arnaud Montebourg said "Structrual transformation in our educational system are very necessary to us to exit the stagnation."

Accoring to local media, the protesters want to press the government to reconsider the 2012 budget draft, which is expected to be passed by the cabinet meeting on Wednesday and plans to cut 14,000 jobs.

Facing soaring budget deficit and near-stagnation growth in the second quarter, the French government is eager to decrease public spending with 2011 deficit target at 5.7 percent of GDP and then 3 percent in 2013.

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