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France Faces Transport Chaos as Unions Protest Macron Plans

  • Train operator SNCF, airline Air France expect partial service
  • Unions push forward with protests opposing president’s reforms
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Bloomberg’s Caroline Connan reports on the SCNF rail strike.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Trains and planes were canceled across France as unions pushed forward with protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to strip benefits from some state workers.

A strike at railway operator SNCF began Monday evening and will run through Thursday morning, with only one in every eight long-distance trains running and one-in-five shorter regional trips due to depart on Tuesday. Roughly half of RER commuter trains to Paris are running. Eurostar, which runs service between London and Paris, canceled five trains today in each direction, or about one-third of the trains it would run on a normal Tuesday.