Amid railroad and airport strikes, and blockades of logistics centers and refineries, unions aligned with the Communists in France have ratcheted up their protests against a reform of the country’s labor law.
The left wing of the ruling Socialist Party, or PS, is fueling the resistance. Last week, it even attempted to topple its own prime minister with a vote of no confidence.
People abroad may laugh at the labor law as yet one more of President François Hollande’s mincing steps. But for the Socialists, it has become a fundamental point of contention that is dividing the party.
The left accuses Mr. Hollande of destroying decades of social rights and traditions and of encouraging “social dumping,” as the reform would enable more negotiations and decisions to take place within companies in the future.