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In Pictures: Rail strikes lead to travel chaos across France

Train services were severely disrupted across France on Tuesday as rail workers launched the first of their two-day rolling strikes which are set to last until the end of June. Here's a look at the chaos caused by the strikers in pictures.

In Pictures: Rail strikes lead to travel chaos across France
Commuters stand in a crowded train at Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris. Photo: AFP
Travel chaos hit France on Tuesday as rail workers kicked off three months of rolling strikes Tuesday as part of a wave of industrial action that will test President Emmanuel Macron's resolve to reshape France with sweeping reforms.
 
Here's a look at the first day in pictures.
 

Packed trains arrive at Gare de Lyon while some passengers took the risk of jumping across the track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRIKES

French customs officers strike over job cuts

Customs officers across France will walk out on Thursday in protest at job cuts that unions say will “weaken the customs network”.

French customs officers strike over job cuts

The national strike on Thursday, March 10th is expected to lead to delays at ports, airports and on the Eurostar.

The strike, which will include a rally outside the National Assembly building in Paris, was called by the CFDT-Douane and has the support of other unions. 

A work-to-rule protest over pay and conditions by customs officers in 2019, under the shadow of Brexit, led to delays and disruption at airports, as well as ports including Calais and Dunkirk, and on Eurostar trains.

Unions are calling on the government to axe plans to switch responsibility for import duty collection to the Direction Générale des Finances Publiques by 2024, at the cost of 700 customs’ officer jobs – and, according to strikers, tens of billions of euros to State coffers.

“We are asking for the reforms to be stopped, mainly that of the transfer of taxation, which is disorganising the network with the elimination of nearly a thousand jobs,” CFDT-Douane’s secretary general David-Olivier Caron said.

The planned job cuts come after years of restructuring and streamlining that has seen thousands of positions disappear, the unions say, when customs fraud and smuggling is rising because of a lack of resources.

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