A rail worker wearing a mask representing SNCF CEO Guillaume Peppy installs rails during a demonstration in front of the French employers’ union.
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Transport chaos hit France Wednesday, just nine days before the Euro 2016 football tournament, as railway workers went on strike in the latest salvo of a monthslong battle between the government and unions.The strike has piled further pressure on the deeply unpopular Socialist government, which has been besieged by months of protests and work stoppages over a controversial labor reform bill.Adding to the chaos, one Air France pilots' union threatened to hold a two- or four-day strike from the day after Euro 2016 kicks off on June 10 .The protests have cast a shadow over preparations for the monthlong Euro championship, which is expected to attract over a million foreign visitors and has already been dogged by security fears following last year's militant attacks in France.Despite often violent demonstrations, President Francois Hollande has refused to scrap the legislation and has criticized the unions for tarnishing France's image.
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