French strike action to hit up to half of flights: official

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French anti-pension reform strikes Thursday will force the cancellation of 50 percent of flights at Paris Orly airport and 30 percent at other airports, the civil aviation authority DGAC said Wednesday.

Unions have called for a seventh day of nationwide protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy's bid to raise minimum retirement from 60 to 62 even though the bill is expected to be adopted by parliament on Wednesday.

With other strike action waning, the number of flights to be cancelled on Thursday is similar to the previous day of action on October 19. Airline traffic is expected to return to normal on Friday, the DGAC said.

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