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In France, Drivers Continue To Strike, Despite The Holidays

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BY STEVE COWAN 

In Ile-de-France, the movement of trains in the metro is still difficult.

PARIS – About 40% of drivers of the National Society of Railways of France (SNCF) continue to strike against the pension reform, despite the Christmas holidays. The Agency France Presse regarding the company’s data reported this on Thursday.

The SNCF noted that the number of strikers is currently about 10% of transport workers. “42.1% of drivers, 24% of controllers and 13.8% of dispatchers take part in the strike,” the SNCF representative said, adding “in recent days there has been a decrease in the total number of striking SNCF workers.”

According to data published on Twitter by SNCF, 50% of TGV high-speed trains and 20% of Transilien commuter trains run on Thursday. Also, only 40% of TER regional trains went on flights.
In the Metropolitan region of Ile-de-France, the movement of trains in the metro is still difficult. According to the Paris Autonomous transport authority (RATP), five lines out of 16 remain closed. Passengers only have access to fully automated lines 1 and 14, as well as lines 3, 4, 7, 8 and 10, which also operate on Thursday on a truncated schedule.

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