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Strikes in FranceFrench Strike Vocabulary

If you spend any length of time in France, one constant you'll come across is striking. So here's some French vocabulary related to striking and demonstrating.

Grève - Strike

You'll also see En Grève - on strike.


Manifestation or just Manif - demonstration

Good example of how the French love to shorten their words!


Syndicats - Labor Unions


Défilé or Cortège - March


Préavis de grève - Strike notice

In France public sector unions must give five days notice before striking.


Photo: Dafne Cholet

Opération escargot - Go slow

This generally means a form of protest where cars drive slowly on motorways and nationals.


Photo: Thierry Baboulenne

Usagers - Users

i.e: riders of public transport.


Photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Pris d'assaut - Stormed/Take over

i.e: Les stations-service prises d'assaut - Gas stations stormed (by automobilist filling up their tanks).


Photo: Renaud LEON

Casseur - Rioter

Someone looking to make trouble and fight the police and/or break - casse whatever they can.


Photo: Rash Dragon

Dialogue social - Social dialogue

The French are great talkers but there doesn't seem to be a lot of dialogue (at least before strikes) between workers and management. Known in France as dialogue social.

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