France strike: Rail misery as three-month action tests Macron

France’s rail network has been severely disrupted, as a wave of strikes against President Emmanuel Macron’s labour reforms gets under way.

The start of the strike has been dubbed “Black Tuesday”, but the action will spread over three months, affecting two days in every five.

Staff at state railway SNCF are leading the strike, but the energy and waste collection sectors are also affected.

The unrest presents Mr Macron’s biggest challenge since his election last May.

The president plans to overhaul the heavily indebted SNCF but the unions say some of the changes would pave the way for privatisation, which the government denies.

bbc.com

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