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French Rail Strike Grows; Chirac, Unions Stand Firm
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Dec 24, 1986
Start Page: 6
Section: Metro; 2; Foreign Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

A subway and suburban rail strike in Paris and a maritime workers' strike in the ports added to the labor tension during the holidays. But neither of these has spawned the same kind of discomfort and anger as the railroad strike.

Practically all trains from Paris to the north and east have been canceled. In other directions, only about one out of four scheduled trains is running. Some vacationers have been forced to give up their holidays. Some managing to board trains in Paris found the way to ski resorts in the Alps blocked hours later by strikers massing on tracks in towns like [Chambery]. Many travelers have had to switch to buses to reach the resorts. In Lyon, the French Railways allowed 100 stranded travelers to sleep in two blocked railroad cars of a high-speed train Monday night.

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