Civil servants' strike threatens flight schedules

An Air France and Easyjet plane on the ground at Paris Orly airport

France's civil aviation authority calls on airlines to cut flights by 30% on Tuesday as civil servants plan 24-hour strike in protest over the government's labour reforms

A planned civil servants' strike has prompted France's civil aviation authority to demand airlines cut flight schedules by 30% on Tuesday, the Ministry of Transport has said.

Disruption is predicted across the country, the Transport Ministry said in a statement, but the main airports affected are expected to be Charles de Gaulle and Orly in Paris, as well as Beauvais, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes.

The measures have been implemented after the CFDT, CGT, FO and Unsa Unions urged the country's 5.4million public service workers to walk out in protest over changes to France's labour laws.

Police and railway workers are also expected to join the protests. Rail travel is expected to be affected from 7pm on October 9 until 8am on October 11, while the syndicat Alternative Police-CFDT has called on members to strike in a joint protest against employment reform and working conditions.

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