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Paris airport security staff go on strike

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Paris airport security staff go on strike
Photo: Alexis Cousteau
10:23 CET+01:00

Travellers face long queues at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Friday as security officers go on strike for 24 hours. Airport authorities however say flights should leave on time.

Airport security officers were going on strike to protest staff cuts and demand pay hikes on Friday. Trade unions also claim management is recruiting officers who don’t have the appropriate qualifications, an allegation aiirport authorities have denied.

40 percent of officers were on strike in the terminal 2S where long queues were forming on Friday morning, newswire AFP reports. A group of about 30 officers demonstrated with banners in the terminal.

They say they regret being an inconvenience to travellers who are leaving for their Christmas holidays, but insist management is not addressing their claims.

School Christmas holidays start on Friday evening this year and many French families plan to leave Friday night or Saturday morning.

Airport authorities say the strike will have no impact on flights which should leave on time. Travellers are however advised to arrive early.

Officers were planning to demonstrate on Friday morning at the Charles de Gaulle airport.

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