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EU probes Alstom, Siemens rail merger

Apo - The EU launched an in-depth investigation Friday into the merger of the rail activities at Alstom, the state-controlled maker of France's iconic TGV trains, and German industrial giant Siemens.

Macron hails 'new chapter' for French rail after signing reform

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron hailed a "new chapter" in the country's rail history on Wednesday after signing into law a reform that triggered the longest transport strike in decades.

Rifts emerge among French rail unions over pursuing strikes

Paris - France's second-largest rail union said Tuesday that it would not extend a long-running strike against an overhaul of state train operator SNCF, breaking ranks with other unions after lawmakers approved the reforms last week.

Defiant French union vows to extend rail strike into summer

Paris - The head of France's main rail union on Friday announced it would extend months of rolling strikes into July even though the reforms it is protesting have been adopted by parliament.

French MPs adopt signature Macron rail reform

Paris - French lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed a controversial reform of indebted state rail operator SNCF, handing President Emmanuel Macron a key victory in his battle with trade unions.

French MPs adopt signature Macron rail reform

Paris - French lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed a controversial reform of indebted state rail operator SNCF, handing President Emmanuel Macron a key victory in his battle with trade unions.

Paris suburban train overturns in landslide

Paris - A suburban train overturned outside Paris on Tuesday after days of downpours caused an embankment to collapse, slightly injuring seven people including a pregnant woman.

French govt seeks end to rail strike with 35 bn-euro debt pledge

Paris - The French government has agreed to absorb 35 billion euros in debt from the state railway SNCF, union officials said Friday, raising the chances of an end to nearly two months of strikes.

French govt offers to absorb railway debt of 35 bn euros: union head

Paris - The French government has agreed to absorb 35 billion euros in debt from the state railway SNCF, a top union official said Friday, as it seeks an end to nearly two months of strikes.

Striking French rail staff up pressure on government

Paris - French rail workers sought to up the ante in weeks of strikes Monday, slashing the number of trains running as the government insists it will not back down in the standoff.

Striking French rail unions to hold vote over reform plans

Montreuil - Unions at French rail operator SNCF will hold a companywide vote next week on the government's contested overhaul for the heavily indebted group, aimed at proving that support for a long-running strike remains strong despite signs it is tapering off.

Five reasons French rail battle is swinging in Macron's favour

Paris - A month ago, President Emmanuel Macron was facing his biggest showdown with France's trade unions. It was to be his "Thatcher moment," some observers predicted, recalling a make-or-break time for Britain's prime minister in the 1980s.

1 million euros raised for striking French rail workers

Paris - A fund set up to compensate striking French rail workers for their wage losses passed the 1-million-euro ($1.2-million) mark on Friday, a month after they began disrupting train services over the government's planned overhaul of the railways.

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.
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