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Private sector strikes in France are not subject to any restrictions, either by law or by the terms of a collective agreement. There is no obligation to engage in pre-strike conciliation procedures, no requirement to give notice of a strike, and no requirement that strike action be taken only as the “ultima ratio” (last resort).

In fact, the right to strike in France is an individual right rather than a trade union right, meaning that two or more private-sector workers can strike at will. (The right to strike is a constitutionally guaranteed individual right. But only collective action, involving at least two workers, counts as strike action. A refusal to work by a single employee counts as a strike only if he/she is the sole employee in an enterprise.)

French public sector strikes, on the other hand, are subject to certain legal requirements: only trade unions can call strike action; at least five days notice of the strike action has to be provided; that notice must state the reasons, locations and duration of the strike; and there is an obligation on the union and the employer to negotiate during those five days.