Austerity Anger Heads To France: Health Care Protest Shuts Down Paris Train Station

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Even without a deficit crisis, France is running out of money to pay for its generous social programs.95% of French anesthestists are striking today to demand a raise. Several thousands held a particularly annoying protest on the tracks of a major Parisian train station, which blocked trains for hours, according to Le Monde.

As the austerity bug hits France, paying for the world’s best health care system will be a major challenge. The country has tried for decades to reduce health care pay and benefits, and only succeeded in stirring up public outrage.

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