More misery for commuters on third day of strike
16 November 2007, PARIS - French commuters faced more disruptions Friday as a nationwide transport strike entered a third day, although more trains and buses were running again.
16 November 2007
PARIS - French commuters faced more disruptions Friday as a nationwide transport strike entered a third day, although more trains and buses were running again.
On most Paris metro lines between one in two and one in four trains were running, a spokesman said. Traffic was back to normal on two of the 14 lines.
Services had restarted on the RER A train line that links many suburbs to the East and West of the capital, but no trains had moved on the RER B line that runs to Paris' two main airports.
Nearly one-third of buses were running, bus operator RATP said.
The main highways leading into Paris had traffic jams of up to 15 kilometres by 6 am, the regional traffic authority said.
French transport workers are striking over government pension reform plans.
President Nicolas Sarkozy last month announced plans to end special schemes that allow half a million public transport and utility employees to retire as early as 50, launching a round of consultations on a reform with unions.
Subject: French news