Foreign News: Pennies, Charlie

Throughout France last week many Frenchmen got their mail late or not at all. Trains, buses and planes ran behind schedule or were canceled. In some places, it was impossible to register a birth, take out a marriage license or even obtain a permit to bury the dead. Because of falling water pressures, many tenants on upper floors of apartment buildings had to forgo washing. Millions of unscrubbed schoolchildren obtained an extra bonanza in the form of a holiday from school; teachers were on strike.

Behind the nationwide one-day strike of government employees, from postmen to customs inspectors, lay the dissatisfaction of...

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