Flights to, from and over France cancelled

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Air traffic controllers join general strike, with more planned
Flights to, from and above France have been cancelled on Tuesday and rail and metro services are suffering, as France’s biggest trade union, the CGT, calls a general strike.
The flights have been hit – including 110 cancellations at Ryanair alone – because of a strike by French air traffic controllers, among 4,000 strikes and protests called under the action.
Rail workers and civil servants are also urging others to protest in cities from Paris to Marseille and Toulouse, against reforms to labour laws planned by President Emmanuel Macron. However, other large unions are opting not to protest, seeing the reforms as inevitable.
In Paris, just two commuter train lines are affected. But the walkout by air traffic controllers makes the situation far worse for air passengers.
“Enough is enough. If the French government is serious about changing France, they should start by tackling these air traffic control unions, and together with the European Commission should take immediate action to prevent thousands of European consumers from having their travel plans disrupted by a tiny group of ATC unions going on strike once again,” Ryanair CMO Kenny Jacobs said.
More strikes are likely in France over the coming months. The CGT already plans another day of protest on September 21. Two days after that, a protest day has been called by far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon. / AFP