FRANCE: The Discontented Turnkeys

France's 7,000 jailers were proud of their posts but dissatisfied with their rewards. The question was: How does a jailer go on strike? Last week, in 120 prisons throughout the country, they found a way. They went on a sit-in strike.

They kept a conscientious watch on the murderers, thieves and other criminals who were their wards, and they released term-enders on schedule. But they refused to admit new convicts, barred lawyers from seeing their clients, and would not deliver up jailed defendants to court for trial. Visiting hours were canceled, rock-breaking ceased, and in their cells prisoners enjoyed a...

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