Members of the French diplomatic corps have embarked on what is considered as a rare strike to protest a planned reform they said it will interrupt their careers and France’s standing in the world.
Some ambassadors and numerous diplomats in a posts ranging from Tokyo to the Middle East and Washington, have said they would honour the day-long strike.
They are asking President Emmanuel Macron to scrap a plan to merge career diplomats with a larger body of civil servants, starting in January of 2023.
The action, announced by Macron in an April decree, will affect about 800 diplomats.
“We risk the disappearance of our professional diplomacy,” a group of 500 diplomats wrote in a commentary published last week in Le Monde newspaper.
“Today, [diplomatic] agents … are convinced it is the very existence of the ministry that is now being put into question,” they said.
It was gathered that the government reform is meant to modernise and diversify France’s diplomatic corps, which was created in the 16th century.