Much of France has been chaotic in the last few weeks because of the transit strikes, which are amusingly called "perturbations." It didn't particularly affect my life, because there was nothing in Lyon, but I did hear horror stories from friends who went to Paris. But it seems like Sarkozy and the strikers have finally worked something out.
For your amusement, here is Sarkozy losing his sang-froid after being called an enculé (asshole) by his friends, the pêcheurs (fishermen).
As an aside, I sure do find Sarkozy easy to understand when he talks. The man can enunciate.