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French rail strikes raise fears for Euro 2016

Tyres burn as CGT labour union members block a road near the entrance to the Total oil refinery in Donges, western France, on May 31, 2016, in protest against the government's labour law reformsFrench railway workers began a rolling strike Tuesday just 10 days before the Euro 2016 football tournament begins, aggravating a bitter labour dispute that has sparked months of sometimes violent protests. The strike has piled further pressure on the Socialist government, which has been besieged by protests and work stoppages over a controversial labour reform bill. Paris metro workers are also planning to walk off the job from Thursday and Air France pilots have also threatened a lengthy strike in the coming weeks, when Euro 2016 is in full swing.

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