The number of strikers, as of people in the street at the call of the unions is decreasing. However, the majority of French people continue to consider the strike “justified”.
According to the Interior Ministry, only 187,000 people demonstrated on Thursday, January 16 across the country. On January 9, they were more than 250,000, according to Beauvau. This overall decrease is also valid for the Parisian processions. The number of people mobilized rose from 44,000 to 28,000 from January 9 to 16.
According to the Odoxa-Dentsu Consulting poll for France Info and Le Figaro, 57% of French people want the strike to end. On the other hand, 66% of them find it “justified”. The Prime Minister announced last week the withdrawal of the pivotal age from the discussions, and left the field open to the unions to make proposals.
Since this withdrawal, 53% of those polled believe that a “good compromise” has been found. On the other hand, the image of the unions is tarnished, after 44 days of strike. At the question “which union can you trust to defend its rights?“, 46% of respondents answered“ none ”. Only 26% of respondents opt for the CFDT, and 21% for the CGT.