The French CGT labor union has called a strike, paralyzing large parts of the economy. Gasoline is scarce, trains and planes are grounded. Saarland's filling stations are making a killing as French drivers cross the border to fill up.
Officials warned that "major violence" could hit Paris as "yellow vest" protesters plan to gather again this weekend. Teens have also blocked hundreds of schools, while several unions called for solidarity strikes.
Even after some 200,000 people took to the streets, French PM Philippe said the government will push ahead with reforms the "French people asked for." The proposed changes were part of what got President Macron elected.
Two days off, three days on: that's the pattern that will likely bring major delays to France's rail service over the next three months. The strikes will test the French president's proposals — and the unions themselves.
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