French Immigrants Strike for the Right To Work
By Marie Kennedy and Chris Tilly, Dollars and Sense
July 20, 2008
France has an estimated half-million undocumented immigrants (8% of the population, compared to 4% in the United States), including many from France's former colonies in Africa. The sans-papiers (literally, "without papers"), as the French call them, lead a shadowy existence, much like their U.S. counterparts. And as U.S. immigrants did in 2006 with rousing mass demonstrations, the French undocumented have recently taken a dramatic step out of the shadows. But the sans-papiers did it in a particularly French way: hundreds of them occupied their workplaces.
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