French taxis, air traffic controllers, schools on strike

Paris police fired tear gas and taxi drivers lit bonfires on a major highway Tuesday amid nationwide strikes and protests over working conditions and competition from non-traditional services such as Uber.

One in five flights were canceled at Paris airports and other flights faced delays as air traffic controllers staged a walkout and taxi

drivers disrupted roads. I-Tele television reported that a taxi driver was injured at Orly Airport while trying to block a bus entrance. Some teachers and other public servants are also on strike over a range of issues including wages, education reforms and working conditions. It’s the latest challenge to Francois Hollande’s Socialist government and its stop-and-start efforts to modernize the economy.



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