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Labour strike in France leads to nationwide shutdown




The strike action in France has reached fever pitch and has led to nationwide disruption as French oil refineries, nuclear power stations, ports and transport networks all joining the shutdown over labour reforms.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has again informed that the labour reforms which are at the heart of the strike action would not be jettisoned but he made a suggestion that they could be modified.

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The strike action has affected flights from Paris, Nantes and Toulouse while nuclear power production has slowed, and fuel remains in short supply as striking unions have also called for rallies in most major cities.

Reports say striking workers have blockaded motorways and bridges, as well as a nuclear submarine base in Normandy and a rolling strike by train drivers is expected to further disrupt regional and commuter rail services in France.

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