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French rail strike extended into high-school final exam day

Published on Jun 15, 2014 10:21 PM
 
Passengers wait for their trains during a strike by French SNCF railway workers at Paris Gare de Lyon station on June 15, 2014. A crippling French railway strike has been extended into a sixth day on Monday, forcing the authorities to implement special measures to ensure high-school students can sit their final exams. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - A crippling French railway strike has been extended into a sixth day on Monday, forcing the authorities to implement special measures to ensure high-school students can sit their final exams.

The railway workers' branch of the CGT union leading the protest against a planned reform of the rail sector told AFP on Sunday that "mobilisation remained strong", despite reports that only around a fifth of workers are striking.

The nationwide extension will mark the sixth day of strikes on the network, which has seen an average of one in two high-speed TGV trains stop and regional transport seriously disrupted.

It will also coincide with the first day of the week-long "baccalaureat" high school final exam.

 
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