I don't know much about the underlying issue with the ongoing work stoppage in France, other than that it is in response to a proposal to raise the retirement age, and one of the primary manifestations of the strike has been the blockade of gas stations and fuel refineries. Today the BBC published some "man on the street" interviews with three French citizens recording their reactions to the ongoing strikes in France. Opinion is divided on the merits of the strike, but everyone can agree about the resultant hardships.
I found one interview to be particularly interesting. Valerie Fauvel is against the strikes, saying
My husband and I are for the reform to increase the pension age, because we do not have any other choice. The reform will go through, the government will win.
Now that is quite fatalistic and an interesting example of someone subjugating their will to state power.