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France air strike chaos

A strike by French air traffic controllers starting tonight is expected to disrupt flights in and out of France.

France's civil aviation authority said it asked airlines to cancel 20pc of flights tomorrow at Charles de Gaulle airport and 50pc at Orly airport. The strike will end on Thursday.

Air traffic controller unions are striking over a plan to unify European airspace. The Single European Sky concept is meant to ensure greater efficiency but French air traffic controllers are worried about how it will affect them.

Air France said its long-haul flights were scheduled to run normally tomorrow. It said 80pc of short and medium-haul routes would operate at Charles de Gaulle and 50pc at Orly.