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France: Strike by air traffic controllers

RYANAIR HAS BEEN forced to cancel 110 flights today due to a strike by French air-traffic controllers, a protest led by France’s biggest trade union, the CGT.

Some 4,000 strikes and protests have been called under the action led by the CGT, with rail workers, students and civil servants urged to protest in cities from Paris to Marseille and Toulouse.

The strikes are taking place as a result of President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform French labour laws, which have been deemed controversial.

Under his reforms, bosses would be given more freedom to negotiate working conditions directly with their employees rather than being subject to industry-wide agreements.

The business-friendly Macron sparked a backlash last week by describing opponents of his reforms as “slackers” and cynics, in comments blasted as “scandalous” by CGT chief Philippe Martinez.