More than 27 percent of SNCF employees went on strike on Monday, including almost three quarters of all train drivers.
The French president has addressed a joint session of parliament in Versailles. Some right- and left-wing lawmakers boycotted the event, criticising his "monarchical" style.
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.
France's public sector is on strike, with workers nationwide protesting cuts to labor protections proposed by Emmanuel Macron. Unions call the president's plans an attack on civil servants and their economic security.
Marking one year since the president's inauguration, the far-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed) called for rallies in Paris, Toulouse and Bordeaux to protest reforms. A carnival atmosphere dominated the events.
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