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French Transport Disrupted After Strike by Rail Employees (1)

June 13, 2013

French train transport was disrupted today after four railroad employees’ unions called a strike to protest a planned reorganization of the service.

Only four out of 10 high-speed and regional trains are running, national rail company SNCF said on its website. The Intercite trains, which provide a non-high-speed long-distance service, are at a third of their normal level, it said. Eurostar, Thalys and trains heading to Germany are not affected, SNCF said.

While the metro service in Paris was normal, only one out of three trains serving the region around the capital city was running.

Participation is “very strong with one out of two rail employees on strike,” Gilbert Garrel, a CGT union representative, was cited as saying by Agence France-Presse.

SNCF spokesman Frank Paul Weber said in an e-mailed message that about 70 percent of on-board ticket collectors, conductors, inspectors and train drivers were on strike.

The strike, which began at 7 p.m. last night, is set to continue until 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.

To contact the reporter on this story: Vidya Root in Paris at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Rhinds at

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