180 protests over labour reforms planned for Tuesday

CGT union has called for strikes on Tuesday, September 12, in protest at planned changes to code du travail

Protesters are expected to take to the streets of towns and cities across France on Tuesday to demonstrate against the government's planned labour reforms.

The CGT union, has called on civil servants, rail and transport workers and students to observe the strike - and has said that 180 demonstrations will take place.

It has also called for another day of strikes on September 21, two days before further protests organised by the far-left France Insoumise party, led by former Presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon.

SNCF has said that it expects TGV, Thalys and Eurostar timetables to run as scheduled, though local services may be subject to change.

Commuters in Paris have been warned to expect some disruption - though officials say travel on trams and buses should be "almost" normal, while Metro services will run as normal. Two out of three trains on the RER A, C and D lines are expected to operate, and one in two trains on the B line.

There is expected to be some disruption to Transilien services on lines B, C, D, N and R.

Air France has said it expects 'limited disruption' to its flights due to the strike - but urges passengers to check its website, as there may be 'last-minute delays or cancellations'. Any travellers whose plans are affected will be informed by text message or email. Ryanair and Easyjet, meanwhile, have no warnings on their sites.

The strikes are the first real test of President Emmanuel Macron's work reforms. On the campaign trail, he had pledged to overhaul regulations to free up business activity.

Under his plan, employers will have more latitude to negotiate working conditions directly employees rather than being required to honour industry-wide agreements. It will also be easier to hire and fire employees, and there would also be a ceiling for compensation for unfair dismissal.

In a speech in Athens on Friday, Mr Macron warned that he would “not yield anything, either to the lazy, the cynics or the extremes.”

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