Academics on strike across France

Universities, faculty and unions across the country go on "total and unlimited" strike

Universities across France are closed today as academics take job action against the Sarkozy government’s Universities’ Freedoms and Responsibilities law which devolves responsibilities for budgets, staffing and salaries from the state to university administrations. From University World News:

University professors, lecturers and researchers have united across political divides to oppose the new decree. A national coordinating group of representatives from 46 universities and seven union federations, together with action groups and scholarly societies, met in Paris last month and voted for a “total and unlimited strike”.

More news here from Le Monde.