Flights cancelled on day four of French air controllers strike

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Half of all flights out of Paris-Orly airport were cancelled on Thursday as striking air traffic controllers examine a draft accord with aviation authorities

   PARIS, February 14, 2008 - Half of all flights out of Paris-Orly airport
were cancelled on Thursday as striking air traffic controllers were to examine
a draft accord with aviation authorities, airport officials said.
   Normal traffic had resumed at the French capital's main Charles de Gaulle
international airport, also hit this week by the protest movement called
against plans to centralise air traffic control for the Paris region at a
single base.
   The CGT union was to submit a draft accord, signed Wednesday with Transport
Minister Dominique Bussereau and the DGAC civil aviation authority, for
approval by striking staff later on Thursday.
   The accord includes guarantees that controllers will be able to choose
their work site, and promises compensation for relocated staff, Bussereau told
Canal Plus television.
   Bussereau voiced hope that "if all goes well" the conflict would be over by
Friday, the start of France's mid-term holiday period.

AFP 

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