French air traffic controllers strike

Hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed today as air traffic controllers across France began a four-day strike.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed today as air traffic controllers across France began a four-day strike.

The country’s civil aviation agency ordered airlines to cut back half of flights in and out of Paris’s Orly airport and one in four at Charles de Gaulle amid staffing shortages caused by the walkout.

Five unions of air traffic controllers called the four-day strike in protest over conditions of plans to integrate European air traffic control. Workers fear losses of jobs and civil servant benefits.

The action comes amid a seasonal school holiday in France.

Union leaders are hoping to pressure President Nicolas Sarkozy’s governing conservatives ahead of regional elections next month.

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