Train strike threat to World Cup final

17th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - A strike by French rail unions could play havoc with fans desperate to get to the rugby World Cup final on Saturday.

17 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - A strike by French rail unions could play havoc with fans desperate to get to the rugby World Cup final on Saturday.

A major stoppage will be held across France on Thursday and Friday over planned changes to retirement schemes but several unions have called for the strike to continue Saturday.

The industrial action could affect the line which serves the Stade de France in the north of the city where the final will kick off at 1900GMT between England and South Africa.

Thousands of fans are expected to make the journey from England to France for the match and English coach Brian Ashton insisted thr strike won't deter spectators.

"They may not know how they are going to get here, but they will get to Paris," said Ashton.

"We are well known for swimming the Channel, aren't we?"

AFP

Subject: French news

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