French government calls for end to strike

Air France expects to operate 42% of flights today

Air France says it expects to operate 42% of its flights Thursday, the fourth day of a damaging week-long campaign, given an estimated 60% of pilots who are planning to strike. The French government, narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday, is finally calling for it to end.

“This strike is weighing heavily on Air France, as well as on its finances, and on the attractiveness and the image of our country,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls told France Inter radio in an interview. “No one understands what this strike is about.”

Meanwhile, Budget Minister Emmanuel Macron told Europe 1 radio that “we cannot accept that a country gets blocked because of just a few.”

As previously reported, Air France is trying to raise earnings by expanding Transavia, but insists it is not trying to replace Air France.

Reuters

[photo courtesy Air France]

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