Strikes disrupt commute - but less than last week

4th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 4, 2006 (AFP) - Commuters in France faced disruption Tuesday as transport unions went on strike to protest the government's contested youth employment plan, but the networks appeared less chaotic than a week ago.

PARIS, April 4, 2006 (AFP) - Commuters in France faced disruption Tuesday as transport unions went on strike to protest the government's contested youth employment plan, but the networks appeared less chaotic than a week ago.

Dozens of internal airline flights were cancelled, in particular those from Marseille and Toulouse in the south and Nantes in the west after a walkout by some air traffic controllers.

In Paris, some delays were reported at Orly airport, but services were operating normally at the capital's other airport of Roissy Charles de Gaulle, the civil aviation authority said.

One third of all flights were cancelled during the previous day of action against the jobs scheme, last Tuesday.

Traffic was near-normal on Paris underground rail network, with disruptions on only one line.

Rail authorities said about 70 percent of the high-speed mainline services were operating nationwide.

Travellers were hardest hit in the west of the country, where at times only one train in four was running. But across northern France and elsewhere, the situation appeared easier than last week.

Demonstrations were planned throughout the country on the fifth day of nationwide action against the First Employment Contract (CPE).

Unions and student groups hope to repeat their success of a week ago when more than a million people took to the streets.

About 4,000 police were mobilized in Paris, where last week's demonstrations degenerated into clashes between security forces and protesters,

France has been gripped by two months of strikes and street protests against the government initiative, aimed at encouraging companies to take on more young staff, by loosening firing rules during their first two years of employment.

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Subject: French news

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