Croissant crumbs will have to fall on tablet screens and day-old broadsheets at zinc counters throughout France tomorrow, if plans for a national "day without newspapers" are carried out.
The Federation of Workers in the Book, Paper and Communication Industries (Filipac CGT) has called for a halt in the publication of France’s national, regional and local dailies on July 5, 2012, to protest against lay-offs that have been rocking the news sector in France, as in the rest of the world.
In a statement, the organization asserted that social rupture and the dismantling of titles was under way. It demanded a moratorium on all redundancies, and for the government to intervene, according to Le Monde.
The statement also presented a “non-exhaustive” list of lay-offs that have been carried out or envisaged “by the management of the daily press,” including 670 at Hersant’s titles, 116 at the Ebra group and 1,000 at distribution company Presstalis, as well as the removal of positions at prominent dailies such as Le Figaro and Les Echos.