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Paris metro workers strike for wage increase and interrupt travel

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Striking metro workers shut down half of the Paris metro lines on Thursday, a national day of strikes and protests by French train drivers, teachers and other public sector workers who are demanding that the government and employers raise fares. wages to keep up with inflation.

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Expecting major disruptions to their morning commute, many Parisians cycled or walked to work. Others took buses provided as an alternative way to get to offices and workplaces, or returned to their pandemic-lockdown routines and worked from home.

A woman walks in front of a closed metro station on Thursday, November 10, 2022, in Paris.
(AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Protest rallies were planned in Paris and other French cities for later Thursday, amid growing worker discontent across Europe.

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The strikes in France build on multiple union actions in recent months by French workers demanding higher wages to keep up with rising costs of living. Last month, a strike by workers at an oil refinery caused fuel shortages across the country that affected lives and businesses. The French government intervened to force them back to work.

People stand in front of a closed metro station on Thursday, November 10, 2022, in Paris.

People stand in front of a closed metro station on Thursday, November 10, 2022, in Paris.
(AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Europe has faced a series of protests and strikes in recent months over rising inflation. Nurses, pilots, postal workers. Railroad staff and others have walked off the job, seeking wages to keep pace with inflation, as Russia’s war in Ukraine has pushed up energy and food prices.

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Unions have also staged street protests to pressure governments to do more to ease rising bills, even as European leaders have approved energy aid packages.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, shakes hands with former French President Francois Hollande as they stand in front of a commemorative plaque outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, Monday, Nov. 2017.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, shakes hands with former French President Francois Hollande as they stand in front of a commemorative plaque outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, Monday, Nov. 2017.
(Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP)

General strikes across the country over cost-of-living increases caused by inflation and higher energy costs linked to Russia’s war in Ukraine hampered traffic in much of Belgium and shut down public services in Greece. on Wednesday.

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