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French Metro Workers Honor Colleague

June 7, 1999

PARIS (AP) _ Thousands of subway workers marched through Paris on Monday in honor of a colleague who died after confronting two peddlers illegally selling goods last week.

Although an autopsy showed that Eric Douet died of a ruptured aneurysm and not a beating, many Metro workers insisted that his death was due to violence at the hands of the peddlers. Douet was 39.

Subway and bus employees have been complaining for months about growing violence in public transport and demanded that the government hire more people to maintain order.

All Paris metro stations were closed Monday and city buses and suburban trains stopped running for three hours so that employees could attend Douet’s funeral.

Word that Douet had collapsed spread like wildfire among subway employees, who went on strike seriously snarling traffic Wednesday and Thursday last week.

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