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Even in France, a protest about the calculation of unemployment benefits could feel a little niche during a pandemic. But it has led to the occupation of 90 theatres across France, and the emergence of new links between social and cultural crusaders who feel short-changed by President Emmanuel Macron.
The movement has been led by performers – actors, artists and musicians – who say the benefit reforms will mean lower daily unemployment payments for them, and other seasonal workers, at a time when venues are closed and they are unable to work.
And if anyone can make the management of actors’ finances