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Journalists Strike To Keep Big Tax Break

Wed., Oct. 16, 1996

French journalists laid down their notebooks and cameras Tuesday and took to the streets on behalf of the greater good: theirs.

The extraordinary media protest was provoked by a government threat to repeal a 30 percent tax exemption for journalists, a perk dating from the 1930s.

The net effect of its repeal, leaders of the journalist union said, could be the loss of a month’s wages every year.

The daylong strike, punctuated by a rally outside the French National Assembly, shut down most of the operations of the French state-owned broadcasters and French-language wire services. The presses stopped, too. Today’s editions of many French newspapers will not appear.

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