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Air France staff on strike, 25% flights cancelled

France: Air France staff went on strike on Friday for the third time in a month, forcing the airline to cancel a quarter of flights as multiple industrial disputes weigh on President Emmanuel Macron's workload.
Lawyers were also set to strike nationwide Friday against reforms that they say will over-centralise France's court system, while staff at state rail operator SNCF will begin three months of rolling strikes next week.
Refuse collectors are also set to go on strike from April 3 demanding the creation of a national waste service, creating a headache for Macron who has so far avoided the mass industrial action suffered by his predecessor Francois Hollande.
Some 32 per cent of Air France pilots were set to join the walkout on Friday along with 28 per cent of cabin crew and 20 per cent of ground staff, according to company estimates.
Eleven trade unions have already staged two strikes on February 22 and March 23 seeking a six per cent salary hike, with two more planned on April 3 and April 7.
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