An indefinite strike began on Monday at Radio France International. Unions fear that the proposed merger with France 24 will destroy the editorial independence of RFI, which the management denies. This week, formalities for the merger are due to be completed. The unions say that they fear that RFI will be killed off in order to provide more funding for France 24. Management already has plans to move RFI out of the Radio France building in Central Paris to a location closer to France 24.
Further discussions between management and unions are being held today in the hope of reaching a rapprochement, but this seems unlikely given the strong feelings of the unions. A note on the RFI English website says that “RFI’s broadcasts and website are likely to be disrupted by industrial action over the next few days.”
(Source: Various news reports)