Lang: Villepin like child who refuses to let go of favourite toy

Roundup of news of the movement against the new CPE employment law in France from Sunday March 26.

Submitted by alibi on March 27, 2006

-Hundreds of student delegates met in Aix-en-Provence in South-Eastern France to coordinate their actions and plan ahead this weekend.

Spokesman Xavier Pascal said that "without a withdrawal of the law, there can be no question of possible negotiations". In a joint statement, the students bodies said they hope to block train stations and main roads on Thursday. They also called on the government to resign and proposed a general strike take place on April 4th.

"We await the resignation of the government which had the audacity, imprudence and even the arrogance to use the 49-3 [a law which allows government to pass a bill with limited debate] to pass the CPE" one student from Paris told tf1, continuing, "Mr. de Villepin is everying but a man of dialogue as opposed to what he claims. He has a systematic logic of repression of social movements "

-Meanwhile, Bernard Thibault of the CGT union has said that he hopes Tuesday can be a "turning-point" in the conflict, "we have not yet reached the climax of the dispute. Each day of action has seen an ever bigger turn-out. The only solution is withdrawal of the CPE. And we can do it," he told Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

-In an interview with Radio-J, leading Socialist Jack Lang compared Villepin to "a child who refuses to let go of his favorite toy."

-SNCF, the state rail authority, have said that 2 in 3 trains are expected to run on Tuesday on main routes, despite strike action.