Report: One-day strike in France would tie up country's airports

A nationwide strike in France set for Thursday will ground flights in and out of the country's airports, according to wire reports.

The massive job action, supported by the country's eight leading unions, has been called to protest the government's proposed pension reforms that would raise the minimum retirement age from 60 years old to 62 and full retirement age from 65 to 67.

Approximately 50% of the flights in and out of Paris Orly Airport would be canceled, and 40% of flights at Charles de Gaulle Airport would be disrupted, according to the French civil aviation authority. Air France said most long-haul flights would operate into and out of Paris, but its short- and medium-haul services would be reduced. 

At other French airports, up to 40% of flights could be canceled. Short-distance flights will be subject to the most disruptions; airlines will try to operate long-haul flights as close to normal as possible.

Workers at the French National Railroad SNCF are expected to cut high-speed and regional service by up to 50%. TGV also said its service would be cut by up to 50%. Meanwhile, Eurostar and Thalys plan to run most or all of their services. Bus and metro service also is expected to be running at about half capacity.

Similar protests earlier this month brought out 1 million to 2 million supporters, according to differing reports by France's Interior Ministry and the unions.

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