March 30, 2001 |
A nationwide rail strike hobbled trains from the suburban express to the London-bound Eurostar on Thursday, leaving many French commuters stuck in traffic jams. The strike tops a week of traffic woes for the French. Bus and subway workers paralyzed dozens of major cities in strikes Monday through Wednesday. Paris was spared in the first job action but was hit hard Thursday, with suburban trains and long-distance and high-speed trains crippled.
September 29, 2000 |
French transport workers staged a one-day strike that brought almost all the country's trains to a halt and snarled highway traffic for miles outside Paris. Public transportation within the capital was not affected by the strike, the National Center for Road Information said. All but one of France's 15 rail worker unions took part in the action to seek higher pay.
December 3, 1995 |
French government and business leaders warned Saturday that crippling strikes spreading through the public sector could soon seriously damage the economy. "The consequences for weakened businesses in a faltering environment could be catastrophic," Franck Borotra, the minister for industry, postal service and telecommunications, said, inviting unions to talk and warning of job losses if strikes drag on.
December 10, 1995 |
Reacting Saturday to plunging public morale, the French government said for the first time that it was ready to negotiate an end to a crippling public workers' strike. Still, the government said it wouldn't budge on certain points, and the impasse continued on the 16th day of a walkout that has stripped France of public transit and other essential services.
February 11, 1992 |
Channel Tunnel to Open Late: New delays mean that the Channel Tunnel will fail to open as scheduled on June 15, 1993, for the lucrative summer travel season, Eurotunnel reported. The Anglo-French consortium said opening of the 31-mile rail link under the English Channel will be delayed at least two months. Once the tunnel is operating, passengers will be able to travel between London and Paris in three hours, half the car-ferry journey time. The announcement blamed "the current rate of . . .
May 6, 1992 |
The French government, worried about the aggressive overseas expansion by big U.S. airlines, said Tuesday it will cancel a 46-year-old commercial aviation treaty with the United States and negotiate a new one. But people planning vacations this summer should not be affected, according to officials on both sides of the dispute. France's announcement was the most dramatic move yet by Europeans worried that the major U.S.