More than 27 percent of SNCF employees went on strike on Monday, including almost three quarters of all train drivers.
The EU has rejected a merger between rail giants Siemens Mobility and Alstom, citing "serious" effects on competition. The plan would have seen the creation of a European company to rival China’s CRRC.
Germany's Bosch engineering company is part of the consortia developing driverless freight and passenger trains over the next five years. The project is part of the modernizing drive for the French state railway.
The French government will abolish jobs-for-life at state-owned railways SNCF. Macron, who won power in May 2017 pledging to modernize France's labor market, faces fierce opposition from powerful unions.
France's Senate has voted in favor of Emmanuel Macron's reform plans for state rail operator SNCF. The reforms, which sparked months of strikes, are a key victory for Macron in his battle with France's unions.
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