Travel Chaos in France Continues

World | November 22, 2007, Thursday // 00:00
Travel Chaos in France Continues Frances faces a ninth day of travel chaos as transport strike continues. Photo by bbc.co.uk

French commuters face a ninth day of travel chaos as the strike of transport workers continues after no agreement was reached in the talks between trade unions and the government on Wednesday.

The disruption of trains and the Paris transport system continues although national rail operator SNCF have said more trains would be running and union leaders claimed some progress has been made in the talks, BBC reported.

As the talks began on Wednesday acts of sabotage, including fires, caused huge delays to TGV services.

President Nicolas Sarkozy called for those who caused the damage to be punished with "extreme severity".

The strike against pension reforms has caused havoc for millions of commuters across France and was costing France up to EUR 400 M a day.

Meanwhile, eight unions representing French public sector workers decided last night to call a strike in early December if the government fails to reopen talks on pay before November 30, the unions said.

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