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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

French Rail Strike

PARIS -- A 36-hour strike disrupted rail traffic Wednesday in France, causing misery for travelers in one of the first signs of union discontent since Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin won power in June.

The stoppage, which began Tuesday evening, cut mainline and TGV high speed services at SNCF railways by between a third and two-thirds around France, bringing long waits and packed trains.

Local services and the metro in Paris were also disrupted by the demands over pay, working hours and welfare benefits, creating congestion on roads.