Messy situation ahead of Euro 2016

With just two days to go before the Euro 2016 football championship kicks off in France, rubbish piled up yesterday on the streets in parts of Paris (left) and other French cities, as waste treatment workers continued to strike and picket garbage col
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With just two days to go before the Euro 2016 football championship kicks off in France, rubbish piled up yesterday on the streets in parts of Paris (above) and other French cities, as waste treatment workers continued to strike and picket garbage collection and incineration depots. The protests are part of a wave of demonstrations against government plans to reform labour laws. Despite signs that the broader strike action is running out of steam, train services suffered disruptions for the seventh straight day yesterday, and even a publicity event for the arrival of the Euro 2016 trophy on a locomotive at Paris' Gare du Nord train station was disrupted by members of the hardline CGT union.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2016, with the headline 'Messy situation ahead of Euro 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe