SNCF (French National Railway Corporation) employees demonstrate around the Auvergne Rhone-Alpes region headquarters on April 3, 2018 in Lyon, on the first day of a two days strike. AFP / JEFF PACHOUD
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A major French railway strike brought the country's famed high-speed trains to a halt Tuesday, leaving passengers stranded or scrambling for other options – and posing the biggest test so far for President Emmanuel Macron's economic strategy. The SNCF national rail authority said only about 12 percent of trains were running Tuesday, in the first of a series of strikes that are set to last three months. Traffic was also disrupted on Eurostar lines to Britain as well as trains to Germany, though most were running as usual.The most visible problems Tuesday were on the railway, where SNCF said 77 percent of train drivers were on strike. The total proportion of rail workers on strike – including employees in trains and on the ground – was 33.9 percent, the company detailed in a statement.
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