France was preparing for a second day of travel cancellations and school closures this morning as unions warned there would be no let-up in the strike called to protest planned pension reforms. The first day of the protests, seen as a major test for President Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious vision of reforming France, saw 800,000 demonstrators including railway workers, teachers and hospital staff march in several cities throughout the country. Today is set to follow a similar pattern, with almost all high-speed train services cancelled, most of the Paris Metro system shut down and hundreds of flights set to be axed. Yves Veyrier, head of the hardline Force Ouvriere union, warned the strike could last at least until Monday if the government did not take the right action. ‘The strike is not going to stop tonight,’ added Philippe Martinez, secretary general of the General Confederation of Labour union, late yesterday evening. French railway employees are seen near tracks at the deserted Gare de Lyon station in Paris as a public sector strike against President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform plans was expected to continue today National train operator SNCF has axed 90 percent of the high-speed TGVs again today and confirmed only… Read full this story
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