Guards disrupt French prisons, seek better work conditions

Guards are disrupting operations at dozens of prisons in France to demand better working conditions, in the second week of protests triggered by attacks on them.

The Justice Ministry said Tuesday that protests were organized in at least 98 prisons across the country, with guards starting their working day late or blocking entrances.

Unions representing protesting prison guards have called for a "total blockage" ahead of a new round of talks with the ministry scheduled Tuesday afternoon.

Guards want better wages and enhanced security measures, in addition to the creation of jobs the government has already proposed.

Attacks at about a half-dozen prisons have fueled the guards' protests since last week.