Major rail strike likely to derail travel across France

Apr 02, 2018, 7:34 AM EDT
Protesters took to streets against French President Emmanuel Macron’s overhaul of labor laws last year.
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The French state railway SNCF is set to hold a three-month strike against President Emmanuel Macron's labor reforms that seek to open up the operator to competition from 2023 as required by the European Union.

Trade unions across sectors, including collection, electricity, energy, academics and others, are vehemently opposing Macron’s proposal for state liberalization, writes the BBC.

Macron, who cruised to a sweeping win last year, seems to be capitalizing on the decisive mandate to deliver on his promise of transforming France. However, a recent survey shows growing sympathy for SNCF staff, with 46 percent respondents calling the strike “justified,” notes The Local.