People cross railway lines during a protest against the government's labour law reforms in Rennes, on May 26, 2016. / AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER
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Striking railway workers were set to disrupt transport throughout France just 11 days before Euro 2016, as President Francois Hollande refused to back down over a labor dispute that has sparked months of protests.The rolling train strike called by the powerful CGT union is expected to affect around half of national and regional train services.That will be followed by a strike on the Paris Metro network from Thursday and Air France pilots have voted in principle for a lengthy strike at some point in June, when Euro 2016 is in full swing.Despite three months of stoppages and sometimes violent demonstrations against labor reforms, Hollande again refused to bend to the unions' demands to scrap the legislation.The train strike that will start later Tuesday will affect 40 percent of the high-speed TGV trains and half of suburban services in the Paris region, Transport Minister Alain Vidalies said.
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