French strike threat to euro launch

FRANCE - A leading trade union from the French banking sector is planning to call a strike from 2 January.

This raises the spectre of chaos when euro notes and coins are launched a day earlier.

"We are heading for a strike," a senior official from the Force Ouvriere union - which comprises about 30% of France's banking work force.

A wider strike of up to 400,000 bank employees is "a strong likelihood coming out of inter-union talks," taking place this afternoon, he added.

Five main unions

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