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Arrests as major strike causes travel chaos across France

© AFP / Thomas Samson | Anti-riots policemen arrive as striking taxi drivers block the traffic at Porte Maillot in Paris on January 26, 2016.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-01-26

Dozens of flights were cancelled and access to airports and major cities blocked across France Tuesday as taxi drivers, air-traffic controllers and civil servants went on strike.

  • Approximately one in five flights cancelled due to air traffic controllers' strike.
  • Due to the taxi strike, access to Paris's Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, as well as those of Toulouse, Marseille and Bordeaux, wazs greatly disrupted.
  • For up to date flight information for France in English, click here.
  • French police made 22 arrests relating to the industrial action by taxi drivers, amid reports of burning tyres and scuffles.
  • Taxi strike “go slow” also caused severe traffic jams across France.
  • Taxi drivers are protesting at what they see as unfair competition from private hire cabs such as Uber.
  • The aviation strike is due to salary and job loss concerns.

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Date created : 2016-01-26

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