Fresh protests in France but Euro 2016 chaos fears ease

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PARIS: Fresh strikes and violent protests hit France on Thursday, but fears of transport chaos during the Euro 2016 football tournament eased as airport staff cancelled a walkout and a Paris subway strike had little impact. Half of all trains nationally were cancelled barely a week before Europe’s 2016 kicks off on June 10, while several people were hurt as police clashed with protesters opposed to new labor reforms. But unions’ hopes of bringing Paris to a halt with a Metro strike appeared to have failed, as commuters suffered only minor disruption. And air traffic controllers called off a walkout that had been expected to ground flights over the weekend after reaching a deal with the government. In a separate development, a blockade of the country’s oil refineries that had caused fears of fuel shortages was eased as workers voted to resume operations at a major facility on the Atlantic coast.

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