Rail workers are striking in response to Macron’s planned reforms of the SNCF.
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Millions of French commuters suffered a second consecutive day of travel chaos Wednesday as striking rail workers locked horns with President Emmanuel Macron's government in a dispute over reforming the state-owned SNCF railways.Macron wants to transform the heavily indebted rail company, which loses 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) each year, into a profit-making public service able to withstand foreign competition when its monopoly ends in 2020 in line with European Union rules.Only one in seven high-speed TGV trains were running Wednesday – slightly more than Tuesday – and one in five trains on overground commuter lines into Paris, similar to Tuesday's levels.The SNCF said the participation rate fell to 30 percent of staff from 34 percent on Tuesday.
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