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France: Strike causes widespread disruption to rail services

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French police fired tear gas at striking rail workers as they staged a protest near the National Assembly in Paris, The Associated Press reported. Protesters set off flares on train tracks, hurled bottles and blocked vehicles.

The weeklong strike by rail workers has caused one of the worst disruptions to France's rail network in years. Guillaume Pepy, chief executive of rail company Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, estimates that the strike cost the firm €80 million ($108 million) to €100 million.

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