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Flights canceled as French public sector set to strike over cuts

Staff Writer | October 10, 2017
Almost a third of flights were set to be canceled at major French airports on Tuesday due to a one-day public sector strike against cost-cutting measures.
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National civil aviation authorities said airlines had been asked to cut flights by 30% at airports including Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Beauvais, Nice and Marseille.

Air France said it would run all long-distance flights from the two Paris airports but only about 75% of short-haul and medium-haul flights.

Easyjet said it expected a number of delays and cancellations starting on Monday evening and would inform affected customers directly.

The SNUIPP-FSU elementary teachers' union claimed that almost half the country's schoolteachers would also be on strike.

Unions are aggrieved by government decisions to make staff bear the cost of their first day of sick leave and to cut social employment schemes.

They are also concerned about Macron's campaign commitment to reduce the public sector workforce by 120,000.