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French Rail Strike Adds to European Summer Travel Havoc

  • TGV expresses, regional and commuter routes hit by walkouts
  • Pay wrangle comes amid ongoing dispute at main Paris airport
Empty platforms Gare de Lyon in Paris on July 6

Empty platforms Gare de Lyon in Paris on July 6

Photographer: Geoffroy Van Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

French railway workers walked out in a dispute over pay Wednesday, adding to travel disruption across Europe that saw strikes at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport last week.

A spokesman for state rail operator SNCF confirmed service cuts announced earlier, with TGV high-speed expresses within France pared by as much as 40% depending on the route, and regional and Paris commuter rail lines also hit.