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France strikes: Where are the French feeling the pinch?

Public transportation

Benoit Tessier/Reuters
A general view shows passengers waiting for their evening trains several hours before the start of a general transport strike at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris Oct. 11, 2010. Transport workers planned to disrupt train and air travel on Tuesday and street protests were expected in a fifth wave of unrest over President Nicolas Sarkozy's push to make people work longer to ease the deficit in the pension system.

Public transportation hubs closed down across the country, which prevented buses from operating and severely disrupted rail traffic – only one in two high-speed trains were running and one in three normal trains. Rail unions, which began their strikes early last week, have called for further transportation strikes on Tuesday, including for tunnel service between France and England, the BBC reported.

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