French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for a speedy end to transport strikes against his pension reforms [that would end the ability of public sector workers to retire at age 50].
His spokesman said the action ought to stop "in the interest of passengers" now that conditions for talks with the unions on the package had been created.
Rail and bus services were crippled in Wednesday's action over cuts affecting 500,000 public sector employees.
....In Wednesday's other developments:
French electricity grid power output was down by 8,000 megawatts amid walkouts by EDF electricity and GDF gas workers
Shows at the Paris opera and Comedie Francaise were cancelled as performers joined the strikes
Thirty-five of France's 85 campuses were disrupted by blockades as students protested against a law letting universities accept private donations and charge tuition.