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French trains grind to halt amid two-day strike

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-06-13

French railway workers went on strike on Wednesday evening, disrupting much of the country's train network. However, the walkout was not expected to seriously affect international rail links.

A railway strike that began Wednesday night has heavily disrupted transport within France and caused delays to and from a few international destinations.

Unions representing employees of the national SNCF railway network called for the work stoppage, scheduled to last until Friday night, in protest at a planned rail reform the government unveiled last month.

Sixty percent of France’s high-speed TGV trains and slower regional services ground to a halt, especially affecting travelers in the country’s southeast.

There were also heavy delays for commuters using the RER rail network around the Paris region.

However, Eurostar trains bound for London, Thalys trains to Brussels and Amsterdam, and ALLEO trains to Germany were running on normal schedules. Half of the trains linking France and Switzerland and one-third of trains connecting France and Italy were cancelled.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-06-13

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