Protesting showbiz workers in France are calling for "an action committee" to stage demonstrations during at the upcoming Festival de Cannes.

PARIS--Protesting showbiz workers in France are calling for "an action committee" to stage demonstrations during at the upcoming Festival de Cannes.

The loose confederation of theater, music, dance and audiovisual workers unions is calling for a "national day of agitation" Monday (April 19) to fight against the government's reforms to their unemployment insurance benefits.

The group says that the film festival "would not be allowed to function normally" if their demands were not met. The workers say they would convene "a press conference on cultural plurality" May 14 during the festival, which runs May 12-23.