Following trade union SGLCE-CGT's call for employees of Nouvelles Messageries de la Presse Parisienne (NMPP), France's number one press distribution company, to stage a 24 hour strike, the majority of the country's national daily newspapers will today be absent from newsstands where they are normally sold, Le Monde has reported.
The industrial action was the latest in a series of strikes in protest against NMPP's 'Defi 2010' plan, which will involve the closure of the Combs-la-Ville magazine distribution centre, bringing with it a significant number of job losses and the proposed modernisation of the current printing press within the sector.
The majority of dailies, including Libération, La Croix, La Tribune, France-Soir and L'Equipe, are still running their websites as usual. Some publications have taken extra measures to ensure that news reaches their readers, with L'Humanité having produced a special electronic edition for today and Echos granting free access to the whole of its website, including areas normally only open to subscribers, for 24 hours.
Source: Le Monde