French airliner company Air France's planes are parked on the tarmac of the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris as company staff stage a second consecutive day of strikes calling for a pay rise. (AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN)
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The French prime minister and Air France both issued warnings on Thursday over the damage caused to the airline by workers striking over pay, in a dispute that has so far cost Air France some 300 million euros ($365 million).Air France is balloting staff over its offer of a 7 percent pay rise over four years, after unions rejected the proposal as too modest.Prime Minster Edouard Philippe said Air France faced significant "turbulence" if it lost its battle with unions.The industrial action, affecting about 30 percent of Air France flights, has coincided with French railway strikes over the last month, resulting in widespread travel disruption.
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