The walkout is a serious test for French President Emmanuel Macron's reform agenda. To protest these plans the country's four main rail unions are planning to strike two days a week through June.
In a speech to Germany's parliament, French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a new Franco-German alliance to equip Europe for future challenges. His visit came on Germany's annual war remembrance day.
French President Emmanuel Macon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have ambitious plans for the future of the European Union. But are the two countries headed in the same direction?
The French president has praised Philippe Petain as a WWI hero, "shocking" France's Jewish leaders. Petain later collaborated with the Nazis and was responsible for the deportation and death of tens of thousands of Jews.
The office of French President Emmanuel Macron says his comments on the need for an EU army have been misinterpreted by his US counterpart. Donald Trump lashed out at Macron on Friday over the proposal.
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