Transport strike in France likely to disrupt flights

6th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 6, 2006 (AFP) - A strike called by French unions for Tuesday is likely to disrupt some flights but leave train and Paris metro traffic unaffected, according to various public authorities.

PARIS, March 6, 2006 (AFP) - A strike called by French unions for Tuesday is likely to disrupt some flights but leave train and Paris metro traffic unaffected, according to various public authorities.

The civil aviation authority DGAC said in a statement that the impact of the strike "is currently difficult to predict but disruptions and flight cancellations are expected".

The state rail company SNCF said Monday that it expected train traffic to be normal. The RATP public transport authority in Paris said metro and bus services should also be unaffected.

Three big unions have called the strike to protest a new law the government wants to introduce that would make it easier to hire and fire employees under 26 years of age.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has argued that the measure would encourage employers to take on younger workers, thus bringing down France's chronically high unemployment rate.

But unions and student groups fear it will undermine prospects of youths finding permanent work and weaken the country's protective labour laws.

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Subject: French news

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