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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Air France pilots' strike causes Euro 2016 disruption

Rubbish has gone uncollected due to a strike in France
Rubbish has gone uncollected due to a strike in France

About a quarter of Air France pilots have gone on strike to demand better working conditions causing disruption to football fans head to France for Euro 2016.

Weeks of strikes and demonstrations over the country's labour reforms and other industrial disputes have led to panic at the pumps, violent protests in the streets and, most recently, rubbish rotting in the gutters.

French leaders had hoped to put the disruption behind them as the country turned its attention to the tournament but unions are planning to keep up the airline strike untilTuesday, demanding better pay and more flight hours.

Up to a fifth of flights are cancelled on Saturday, Air France said, both domestic and international. Among those affected were flights carrying spectators to cities holding matches.

French train drivers have also been on strike for days. France's SNCF rail company services were disrupted in the south east, with cancellations possible. In Paris the rail link between the capital and Charles de Gaulle Airport was disrupted, with few trains running along the usually busy route.

Meanwhile rubbish was piling up uncollected because of a continuing strike by binmen.

The strikes are occurring for different reasons, but the labour unrest is tapping into nationwide discontent as the government tries to change laws regulating working hours and lay-offs.

The influential CGT union, which is driving much of the action, may meet with the government over the weekend.

Press Association

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