France faces second day of transport chaos as rail workers continue strike

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Francoise Sirugue, an insurance worker who commutes from Dijon to Paris, saidthree months of nightmare travel was “a bit too much”.

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canada goose kensington parka uk The lack of trains prompted a second day of gridlock in the Paris regionWednesday as commuters took to the roads instead, with traffic website Sytadinreporting 350 kilometres (220 miles) of tailbacks double the usual amount. canada goose kensington parka uk

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Unions fear this could eventually lead to the mammoth rail operator beingprivatised, something repeatedly denied by the government.

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“We have been asking for the same thing for several weeks that thegovernment completely reconsider its plan. They need to start again fromscratch,” Philippe Martinez, head of the CGT trade union, told France Interradio.

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The railways are a bastion of trade unionism in France and have forcedgovernments into U canada goose jacket outlet turns in the past during major stoppages.

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