Dec 23, 2019 10:42 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Dec 23, 2019 12:13 Asia/Tehran]
  • French public transport system paralyzed as strikes continue
    French public transport system paralyzed as strikes continue

Six lines of the Paris metro will not serve the public, due to the ongoing strike in the French transport sector.

Iran PressEurope: Disruptions will continue into next week amid nationwide strikes against pension reform in France, the French metro and rail services announced on Sunday.

6 Paris metro lines will be closed on Monday, the metro service RATP has said, while the country's rail service will remain "highly disrupted" with 2 out of 5 trains running, and 1 Paris regional train out of 5, AFP reported.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called for a "truce" in the strikes, which have paralyzed France for weeks.

"There are moments in the life of a nation when it is good to observe a truce to respect families", Macron said in a press conference during a presidential visit to the Ivory Coast, adding he hoped for "common intelligence" on the situation.

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has said that the government was still committed to overhauling the country's pension system after talks with the heads of trade unions to end 17 days of strikes.

The head of France's powerful CGT union, Philippe Martinez, said after the talks on Thursday evening that there was "nothing new" and a "day of action" would now take place on January 9.

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