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Thursday 29 September 2016

Rail strikes in France hit travel plans of residents and tourists

Published 03/06/2016 | 10:36

Commuters wait for a bus to Orly Airport during a railway strike in Paris (AP)
Commuters wait for a bus to Orly Airport during a railway strike in Paris (AP)

Rail strikes in France are hitting the travel plans of residents and tourists, with authorities saying they have led to the cancellation of around 40% of the country's high-speed trains.

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France's SNCF rail company said three out of five of the country's TGV bullet trains were still operating on Friday amid strikes by the General Confederation of Labour and Rail South unions.

Many intercity and slower-speed trains have also been cancelled.

In the Paris region, two out of five suburban trains were cancelled.

In Paris, flooding also caused disruption. Rising waters forced the suspension of the RER C commuter line, which runs along the Seine River.

Industrial disputes have plagued France since the government began pushing through a disputed jobs reform law.

The capital's subway was little affected by the strikes or the weather.

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