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French strike limits rail links with Switzerland


French rail unions have called a series of on-off strikes to the end of June to protest the government's reform plans. (Keystone) - Click to enlarge

Rail services between Switzerland and France are limited on Saturday, owing to a strike by French workers against railway reforms.

Most high-speed train (TGV) services have been cancelled, with the exception of six return journeys between Paris and Zurich (2), Paris and Geneva (2) and Paris and Lausanne. A similar service is planned for Sunday.

This is the eleventh day of a series of strikes that began on April 3 and could last until the end of June.

Read more about the strikes’ effects on Swiss rail.

French rail employees have been called upon to stop work on two out of five days every week until June 30.

The French rail company SNCF claims support for the strike is weakening. It says only 28% of staff declared their intention to strike on Saturday, compared with 48% at the beginning of the strike.

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