A striking railway worker of the CGT union (General Working confederation) speaks to colleagues during a general assembly in the Lille Flandres station, northern France, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
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Commuters across France faced severe disruptions Tuesday as rail workers launched three months of rolling strikes, a major test of President Emmanuel Macron's resolve to reshape the country through sweeping reforms.More than three-quarters of train drivers joined the first day of the walkout, according to the SNCF, the heavily indebted state rail operator which Macron wants to overhaul. But overall only a third of staff were on strike, the company said.Only one in eight high-speed TGV trains and a fifth of regional trains were running on what French media have dubbed "black Tuesday". And with stoppages planned two days out of five until June 28, weeks of disruption lie ahead for France's 4.5 million daily train passengers.Macron says the SNCF, saddled with 46.6 billion euros ($57.5 billion) of debt, needs to drastically improve its efficiency and cut running costs as EU countries prepare to open passenger rail to competition by 2020 .
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