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June 29, 1991 | Associated Press
A huge drilling machine dug through a final section of earth Friday to complete the last of the three passages that make up the so-called Chunnel linking Britain and France under the English Channel. The achievement marks the end of more than three years of round-the-clock work by 11 drilling machines, boring nearly 100 miles of tunnel. A service tunnel was completed in December, and the northern rail tunnel was completed on May 22.
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March 30, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
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January 7, 1987 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
France's labor problems intensified Tuesday as strikes hit the Paris subways and the nation's electrical power system, but Premier Jacques Chirac maintained his tough stance and insisted that his government will never change its wage policy.
NEWS
September 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
March 30, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
September 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
December 3, 1995 | From Reuters
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.
NEWS
December 10, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
February 11, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 . . .
BUSINESS
May 6, 1992 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
December 5, 1996 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks after a fire closed the Channel Tunnel, passenger trains resumed near-normal service between London and Paris on Wednesday, a reopening greeted by champagne and unabated controversy. Ten journalists were the only passengers when the first Eurostar left London's Waterloo Station at 5:50 a.m., but traffic built up during the day as the line resumed about 90% of its scheduled service to Paris and Brussels. "There were no technical problems at all today. Safety is our No. 1 priority.
NEWS
December 12, 1995 | From Times Wire Reports
French Prime Minister Alain Juppe failed to end a crippling, 18-day-old public-sector strike, as trade unions emerged from talks with him defiant over his plans to overhaul the debt-burdened welfare system. Public transport remained at a standstill, with all trains and Paris subway and bus service halted by the strike, causing huge rush-hour traffic jams around the capital. Twenty percent of teachers, 4% of postal workers and many electricity and telephone workers also remained on strike.
NEWS
December 11, 1995 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seventeen days into a standoff with striking transport workers, French Prime Minister Alain Juppe agreed for the first time Sunday to personally negotiate with union leaders, meeting a key labor demand and raising hopes of an end to the bitter impasse. "I'm ready to meet tomorrow with each of the unions that want to see me," Juppe said during a nationally televised interview, adding that he has "some things to tell them" but also wants to hear their complaints.
NEWS
December 10, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
December 4, 1995 | From Associated Press
Faced with a massive strike that risks a shutdown of the French economy, the government said Sunday that it is hiring 1,000 private buses so millions of commuters can get to work. Even the company that runs Paris' famed Bateaux Mouches tour boats said it will provide free shuttle service along the Seine so "harassed Parisians" can get around. The three tour boats each have 1,000 seats.
NEWS
December 3, 1995 | From Reuters
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.
NEWS
May 23, 1991 | Associated Press
French and British workers digging the undersea Channel Tunnel exchanged helmets and champagne toasts Wednesday after cutting through the last inches of rock to link up the main rail passage. The meeting marked an important milestone in the world's largest engineering project. When finished in 1993, the so-called Chunnel will let high-speed trains travel between London and Paris in 3 1/2 hours.
NEWS
December 8, 1988
After a three-week strike that brought the Paris public transit system to its knees, four of five French transit unions agreed to accept a pay offer. But the fifth union, the Communist-led CGT, refused to reconsider its rejection of the offer and held out for a pay rise three times as large as the $50 monthly increase offered by the regional transport network. Prior to the strike, workers were earning a base monthly wage of $1,100.
NEWS
July 4, 1992 | From Reuters
Angry truckers vowed Friday to intensify their stranglehold on French roads after talks failed to settle a dispute over penalties for traffic violations that has stranded thousands of tourists and disrupted supplies. They said the five-day-old blockade would be stepped up since talks with the government had not solved the conflict over a new point system that penalizes drivers for serious traffic offenses.
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May 11, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rising from the heart of Paris, the underground metro A4 line breaks into sunlight just west of Vincennes, as the urban sprawl gives way to green soccer fields and small villages. In short order, a billboard featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse appears among hamburger and clothing advertisements, the first clue to what lies at the end of the line.
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