Teachers in France are striking on Thursday against the government's imposition of increased workload, while on Tuesday teaching assistants who organise extra-curricular activities also took action. Traditionally in primary schools, pupils in France have a longer day but have Wednesday off. The government plans to slightly shorten the working day but to introduce Wednesday school in primary schools.

Teachers unions say the changes have not been properly thought through - nor have they been properly consulted on. Only last February, teachers struck about the same issue; ironically two weeks earlier they were striking against cuts which would see thousands of teachers and teaching assistants losing their jobs. In such a situation the proposed increase in workload, with the introduction of Wednesday school,  is unacceptable and unworkable say union leaders.

'Transform schools, yes' says one slogan, 'but not without us.'