Bank of France strike begins with 62% not working

At least 62 per cent of the 8,000 branch employees of France's central bank, the Banque de France, stopped work Thursday in protest against plans to trim the bank's branch network.

The strikers are supported by a number of local authorities, with Gerard Pelletier, chairman of the French rural mayors' association, calling for a government-organised national debate on the subject.

Banque de France staff fear that an overhaul of the bank's branch network could result in the loss of up to 3,200 job