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France's Macron faces mass protests as opponents join forces

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron faced mass protests Thursday as trade unionists seek to galvanise angry students, public sector workers and striking train drivers into a joint movement against his multi-pronged drive to overhaul the French economy.

Macron faces spreading student protests, rail strikes

- President Emmanuel Macron faced booing from hostile railway workers Wednesday while touring a town in eastern France, as spreading student protests and a fourth round of crippling train strikes in a month piled on the pressure.

Macron faces fresh railway strikes, demonstrations

Paris - The French railways warned Tuesday of mass cancellations due to a fresh round of rail strikes that will coincide with union-led demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron this week.

French rail strikes ease as Macron vows he won't back down

Paris - French travellers on Friday faced a third wave of rolling train strikes which appeared to be easing off despite determination from rail union leaders to oppose President Emmanuel Macron's reform plans.

Macron insists strikes won't block French rail overhaul

Berd'huis - French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Thursday he would not back down on his plans to overhaul the state rail operator, as workers prepare a next wave of strikes that nonetheless appear to be easing off.

Macron insists strikes won't block rail overhaul

Berd'huis - French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Thursday that he would not back down on his plans to overhaul the state rail operator, urging workers to call off three months of strikes and pursue the reforms "together".

French rail strikes have cost 100 million euros, operator says

Paris - France's rail operator said Monday that the rolling strikes against plans to overhaul the debt-laden company had already cost it around 100 million euros ($123 million) as the standoff between unions and the government drags on.

French rail strikes have cost 100 million euros, operator says

Paris - France's rail operator said Monday that the rolling strikes against plans to overhaul the debt-laden company had already cost it around 100 million euros ($123 million) as the standoff between unions and the government drags on.

French rail strike has cost around 100 million euros: CEO

Paris - The head of French railway operator SNCF said Monday that rolling strikes that began last week have cost the company around 100 million euros ($123 million) as staff carried out further stoppages.

French rail strike resumes as govt warns it won't back down

Paris - French rail workers launched their latest two-day strike on Sunday over plans to overhaul the heavily indebted train operator SNCF, the biggest test yet to President Emmanuel Macron's drive to reform the country's economy.

French rail workers press ahead with strike

Paris - Travellers were bracing Saturday for two more days of severe disruptions to train services across France, as unions vowed to pursue their strike over plans to overhaul the debt-laden rail operator SNCF.

French govt vows to stand firm on rail reform

Paris - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Thursday the government would not budge on its plans to shake up state rail operator SNCF after two days of train strikes that snarled rail traffic across the country.

French student protests add to Macron's rail strike woes

Paris - Growing protests at French universities on Wednesday added to pressure on President Emmanuel Macron over his sweeping reforms, as rail workers pressed on with rolling strikes that are causing havoc for millions of travellers.

Start-ups, smartphones help French dodge rail strike

Paris - French railway unions used to be able to cripple the country by blocking the train network. But when workers walked off the job on Tuesday, new technology helped reduce the misery for commuters and companies.

French unions kick off huge rail strike in test for Macron

Paris - Commuters across France faced severe disruption Tuesday as rail workers launched three months of rolling strikes, a major test of President Emmanuel Macron's resolve to reshape the country through sweeping reforms.

France braces for mass rail strikes

Paris - France braced Monday for the start of three months of rolling rail strikes, the first in a series of walkouts affecting sectors from energy to garbage collection as President Emmanuel Macron's reform agenda comes up against resistance.

Taking to the streets: France's big protests

Paris - As unions unleash protests and strikes on Thursday and rail workers threaten rolling action afterwards, here is a look back at the most significant episodes of labour action to hit strike-prone France.

French railway workers: end of the line for historic rights?

Ver-sur-mer - After more than three decades of driving trains across western France, Serge Letourneur was ready for a change, so he retired at age 50 and took up a new hobby brewing cider.

French 'anarchist cell' on trial over 2008 rail sabotage

Paris - Eight members of an alleged anarchist cell went on trial in France on Tuesday accused of sabotaging high-speed train lines, a decade after they were arrested and sensationally accused of terrorism.

Paris metro fines pregnant woman for walking wrong way

Paris - A pregnant passenger on the Paris metro has been hit with a 60-euro fine for walking the wrong way, sparking outrage on social media.

Preserved in time: WWII bunker hidden under Paris train station

Paris - It lies hidden deep beneath Paris's bustling Gare de l'Est railway station, its sprawling subterranean rooms and sparse furniture pristinely preserved if a little dusty.

Safety barrier down in deadly French bus collision: lawyer

Marseille - The safety measures were working at the crossing where a French train slammed into a school bus two weeks ago, killing six children, a lawyer for the victims said Saturday, citing a report from France's rail operator.

Deadly French bus crash driver charged with manslaughter

Perpignan - The driver of a school bus that was hit by a train at a level crossing in southern France, resulting in the deaths of six children, was charged Wednesday with manslaughter, a prosecutor said.

US train was doing 80 mph in 30 zone when derailed

Dupont - US investigators said an Amtrak passenger train was traveling at more than double the speed limit before it derailed in Washington state, plunging off a bridge onto a busy highway and killing at least three people.

French school bus death toll rises to six

Toulouse - The death toll from a collision between a train and a school bus in southern France rose Monday after a sixth child succumbed to serious injuries.

Deadly French bus crash probe focusing on safety barriers

Millas - Investigators probing a deadly collision between a train and a school bus in the south of France were on Saturday looking at competing witness accounts to determine whether a safety barrier malfunction caused the disaster.

French school bus crash toll rises to 6: police source

Millas - The death toll from a crash between a school bus and a train in southern France rose to six Friday as two 11-year-old girls succumbed to their injuries, a police source said.

France mourns deadly school bus crash

Millas - French authorities were investigating Friday how a train was able to smash into a school bus, killing five children and ripping their vehicle in half in an accident that has devastated the local community.

Four French children killed after train mows into school bus

Perpignan - At least four children were killed and seven others seriously injured on Thursday after a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France, police sources said.

Irving Oil ordered to pay Can$4 mln after Lac Megantic disaster

Ottawa - Irving Oil was ordered Thursday to pay Can$4 million (US$3.1 million) for failing to safely transport oil by rail, following a probe of a train crash that razed part of a Quebec town and killed 47 people.
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