France: Country wide strikes by Multiple unions Mar 31


PARIS — Some French train drivers, teachers and others are on strike to reject a government reform relaxing the 35-hour workweek and other labour rules.

The strike is not affecting Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, but 20 per cent of flights at Paris’ Orly airport have beencancelled. The strike also affects schools, public hospitals and state-owned broadcasters.

State railway company SNCF has warned of disruptions to national and regional train traffic. International lines to London and Brussels should not be affected.

Paris’ Eiffel tower is closed all day. The company operating the monument said in a statement there are not enough staff to open the tower with “sufficient security and reception conditions”.

Student organizations and employee unions have joined to call for protests across France to reject the Socialist government’s bill, which they consider as badly damaging hard-fought worker protections.