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France’s Transport Services May Be Disrupted Tomorrow By Strike

October 10, 2011

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- France is bracing for transport disruptions after some labor unions called for a strike against the government’s austerity measures.

“We want to send the government a message,” Francois Chereque, the general secretary of the Confederation Francaise Democratique du Travail, said on Canal Plus television today. “We want to say that it is particularly unjust that salaried employees are being made to pay.”

President Nicolas Sarkozy has promised to slash the budget deficit to 5.7 percent of gross domestic product this year, 4.5 percent next year and 3 percent in 2013. In August, he announced 12 billion euros ($16.3 billion) of measures to trim the deficit.

While most Paris metros, buses and tramways will operate normally, suburban rail services -- including to and from Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports -- will be disrupted, RATP, the capital city’s public transport company, said on its website.

National rail service SNCF said three out of four high- speed TGV trains will operate normally, as will one out of two intercity trains. International train services such as Eurostar and Thalys will run normally, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Vidya Root in Paris at vroot@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Rhinds at srhinds@bloomberg.net


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