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>> Passengers stranded in France as the railways are hit by rolling walk-outs on Thursday. 50% of train services coming to a halt and strikes at some nuclear facilities causing blackouts to more than a million homes. Members of the hardline CGT Union are protesting against a labor law reform that would make hiring and firing easier.
But it's looking increasingly isolated as attempts to include air traffic controllers in the protests failed, and a planned metro strike on Thursday appeared not to have taken hold. Reuters Paul Taylor is in Paris.>> On the face of it, it looks like the old front's up to its tricks again, street barricades, demonstrations, transport strikes and so on but it's not like the country is paralyzed by any means.
What France does have the ability to do, is to produce some spectacular images. Sometimes of violence, that give this impression that the country is being laid low. But in fact, life and work are going on very largely as normal.>> The government wants to avoid transport disruption, as the country gets set to host the 2016 Euro Football Tournament next week.
Air France pilots have now called for a strike during the tournament in a battle over pay. President Hollande though is refusing to withdraw the labor changes.>> This is a weak socialist President at the end of his term. And if he were to back down now, he would really have nothing left.
And so, he feels that he has to stand firm. And in fact, there are indications that public opinion is starting to turn.>> Until now, the strikes had a majority support amongst civilians. But the latest results show 60% of people think the CGT is abusing its right to strike.