This question would ideally be answered by a Frenchman.
In England whenever we turn on the news and see that there is a massive strike going on in France, we usually ask only 2 questions, "will it affect us" (like many of them do, on purpose I might add), and "why".
Most of us dont really care why, its just something to know when someone says "I hear the french are on Strike again, and idea why, I didnt bother to find out. In the UK, we have strikes, but the French have huge, enormous strikes, and seemingly very often, can anyone tell me why strikes are so common in France.?
If we try to do a historical comparison, we'll see that it's the country of the French Revolution, the country where the May 1968 events started, a country that has a huge national pride.
The strike wasn't really a big surprise, it was just the logical (and right) consequence. In the same way they protested when Sarkozy tried to candidate his son, and in a lot of other various situations.
Some countries (including Italy) should learn something from that.
Anyway I've seen that the students have done a huge riot in London, after Cameron tried to raise (3x !!) the tuition fees. In these tough times, I'd expect the protests and riots to dramatically increase.
~El~Jefe~, I'll never understand whether you're a troll or not... will you ever write a constructive post?
HFat: I don't think that they introduced german language in Italy at all, or at least, I've never heard anything about it, but it would be interesting to do further a research. The nazis learned italian in order to communicate with fascists and citizens, as shown in neoralist movies, too.