France train chaos as labour unrest spreads

A striking employee of the French state-owned rail operator SNCF demonstrates in front of MEDEF's branch in Lyon, on June 1 during a protest against government labour reformsTransport chaos hit France on Wednesday as rail workers downed tools, and a tug of war between government and unions showed no sign of abating ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament. The turmoil was set to drag on Thursday with staff at railway operator SNCF vowing to continue their strike and subway workers and employees at nuclear power stations also planning walk outs. Dozens of trains were cancelled as SNCF workers launched their eighth strike in three months for better pay and working conditions.

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