And it's all because they are trying to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. You work 35 hour work weeks and get at least 5 weeks of mandatory vacation time a year. 2 more years won't kill you.
Apparently there is no such thing as collective bargaining in France. Management makes decisions without much input from the workers and then the workers respond with strikes when they don't like it. This is ridiculous...then again, at least they aren't throwing coups and overthrowing the government every time they don't get their way. Could be worse I guess.