The disruption to France's regional and long-distance rail services is expected to last for three months. The four unions involved will strike for two days and and then work for three. Programmed chaos.
US engineering giant General Electric needs to brace for hefty penalties if it fails to uphold a job creation pledge in France. The company made the promise when taking over Alstom's power business in 2014.
Demonstrations have turned violent in France as people protest against reforms to labor laws. President Emmanuel Macron is overhauling the state-owned railway network to rein in massive debt accumulated by the company.
Almost half of French rail operator SNCF's train drivers and staff have begun months of strikes, on a day French media have dubbed "Black Tuesday." The strikes are expected to affect about 4.5 million commuters.
In retaliation for a chemical weapons attack in Douma, US President Donald Trump has said the US military launched strikes on Syrian chemical weapons capabilities. Russia has warned of "consequences" for the strikes.
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