French air traffic controller strike causing flight disruptions for Aer Lingus passengers this weekend

French air traffic controller strike causing flight disruptions for Aer Lingus passengers this weekend

Passengers flying to France or over French airspace this weekend may have flights disrupted due to a French air traffic controller strike.

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Tourists and commuters forced to change plans as French rail strike enters second day

Tourists and commuters forced to change plans as French rail strike enters second day

French commuters are squeezing into scarce trains and tourists are rearranging their plans, as the second day of a three-month strike hits one of the world's most-travelled rail networks.

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Water cannon used on protesters at Macron protest rally

Water cannon used on protesters at Macron protest rally

Police have used water cannons and tear gas on several hundred hooded youths who joined a protest march in Paris against French President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-business labour policies.

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France passes later retirement rules into law

France passes later retirement rules into law

French president Nicolas Sarkozy today sealed his victory in a long-running battle with unions as new retirement rules became law.

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French bill to raise retirement age becomes law

French bill to raise retirement age becomes law

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s reform raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 became law today after months of protests by unions.

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French unions abandon protest blockades

French unions abandon protest blockades

French unions said today their members voted to end strikes at all oil refineries and major ports where workers have been protesting over a plan to raise the retirement age to 62.

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Strikes cause more disruption at French airports

Strikes cause more disruption at French airports

Unions are organising street demonstrations throughout France today to protest against a plan to raise the retirement age but they are mostly symbolic after parliament approved the reform.

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French retirement reforms set for final vote

French retirement reforms set for final vote

The French parliament is expected to grant final approval to a contested plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 today, a reform that has sparked street protests and strikes.

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French government scents victory over protest strikers

French government scents victory over protest strikers

The French government today claimed they were winning the battle against strikers causing countrywide disruption with protests against pension reforms.

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Staff back to work as French strikes ease

Staff back to work as French strikes ease

France’s massive strikes appeared to be losing momentum today as rubbish collectors in the southern city of Marseille went back to work and workers at three oil refineries voted to end their protest.

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French strikes cost €400m per day

French strikes cost €400m per day

France’s strikes over changes to the country’s pension system are costing the national economy more than €400m per day, the finance minister said.

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French strikes 'costing hundreds of millions a day'

French strikes 'costing hundreds of millions a day'

The protest strikes sweeping France are costing the country up to €400m each day, the government warned today.

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French Senate approves raising retirement age

French Senate approves raising retirement age

France’s Senate has approved a contested pension reform raising the retirement age to 62 despite months of nationwide protests and strikes.

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Police break key French blockade

Police break key French blockade

French police have forced open a pivotal fuel depot blockaded by strikers opposing major pension reforms, as the country’s Senate prepares to vote on the measure today.

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French unions vow to continue protests

French unions vow to continue protests

The French government today moved to cut short Senate debate on its controversial bid to raise the retirement age as unions vowed to keep up the campaign which has hit petrol supplies and brought thousands onto the streets.

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France gets tough with protesters

France gets tough with protesters

Police broke through barricades around French fuel depots today as the government took a tough line with strikers threatening to bring the country to a halt.

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French police force open blockaded petrol stations

French police force open blockaded petrol stations

French authorities forced strike-shuttered fuel depots to reopen today to ensure petrol supplies keep flowing, and the interior minister threatened to send in paramilitary police to stop rioting on the fringes of protests against raising the retirement age to 62.

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Clashes break out as French protests hit streets

Clashes break out as French protests hit streets

France’s retirement protest strikes turned violent today as youths clashed with riot police in cities across the country.

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French airports and drivers hit by new strikes

French airports and drivers hit by new strikes

Some airlines steered clear of France today, and police clashed with stone-throwing youths, as a new round of nationwide strikes and protests over a bill raising the retirement age to 62 kicked off.

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More strikes set to cripple France

More strikes set to cripple France

Another day of nationwide strikes is planned in France in protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the age of retirement.

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France poised for increased strike chaos

France poised for increased strike chaos

France will be plunged into more strike chaos tomorrow with the threat of fuel shortages, street protests, and disrupted public transport and air travel.

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Strikers raise more fears of French fuel shortages

Strikers raise more fears of French fuel shortages

Striking French oil workers defied the government’s demand to drop their action and end fears of nationwide fuel shortages today.

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French strikes roll on

French strikes roll on

France was today hit by the third day of a strike over retirement reform plans, disrupting train travel and raising concerns about a possible fuel shortage.

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Chaos as French rail strikes enter second day

Chaos as French rail strikes enter second day

French commuters faced a second day of chaos today as unions pressed on with an open-ended strike against the government’s plan to raise the retirement age by two years.

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French strikers step up campaign

French strikers step up campaign

Strikers tried to shut down France today with airports, public transport, schools and the postal service all hit in a showdown over government attempts to raise the retirement age.

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France braced for more strikes

France braced for more strikes

French unions and president Nicolas Sarkozy go head to head again today in the continuing row over his plans to raise the retirement age.

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French senate approves raise in retirement age

French senate approves raise in retirement age

France's senate today approved raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 even as unions are promising new protests.

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New strikes planned in French pension age protest

France will face two new rounds of nationwide protests next month against the government’s plans to raise the retirement age, union leaders said today.

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Flights to France cancelled due to pension strikes

Flights to France cancelled due to pension strikes

Flights between Ireland and France have been cancelled or delayed because of a 24-hour strike there.

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Retirement age strikes hit France again

Retirement age strikes hit France again

French commuters squeezed on to limited public transport and fought for rare parking spots today as a second round of strikes against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 hobbled trains, planes and schools across France.

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French pension plan clears first hurdle

French pension plan clears first hurdle

France’s National Assembly approved a sweeping retirement reform plan today, including a highly contested measure to increase the retirement age from 60 to 62.

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Sarkozy accepts union talks offer

Hopes of an end to the French transport strike rose today after President Nicolas Sarkozy accepted a union offer for talks.

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Paris at a standstill as transport strike bites

Parisians are braced for rush-hour chaos today as a nationwide strike was expected to cripple the public transport system and give President Nicolas Sarkozy his first real test after five months in office.

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