France braces for further strikes in half-term travel chaos – Telegraph.co.uk

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“The CGT knows it will not obtain the withdrawal of the law but it will be necessary for them to win concessions in other areas,” a source close to the president told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper. Negotiations are already in progress with the national rail company, SNCF, the state-owned Paris transport corporation, RATP, and Air France. 

Air controllers plan to strike from Friday to Sunday, which will affect airports across France and is likely to force French and international airlines to postpone and cancel flights.

Rail workers are also planning stoppages that will lead to severe cuts in national train services from Wednesday. In Paris, Métro and suburban train services will be reduced from Thursday, when CGT members are to begin a strike. Another leftist union, SUD, has called a strike from June 10, when the month-long football tournament starts. 

Many of the strikers voted for the Socialist president who came to power promising to curb the “excesses” of international finance. Now that he has adopted a more pragmatic, business-friendly stance in a bid to cut unemployment, at a record of more than 10 per cent, they accuse him of betrayal. 

France braces for further strikes in half-term travel chaos – Telegraph.co.uk