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Labor disputes are also spreading in the transport industry, with carriers planning to lock down some logistics and industrial centers early Monday morning, according to Le Parisien.

Breakdowns in the power supply system and in the work of industrial centers occurred on the eve of nationwide protests which were due to begin on Tuesday. Some unions, including the CGT, have pledged to “stop the country” by blocking the movement of planes, trains, the metro and cars, as well as obstructing schools, ports, refineries and other sectors industrial. “We are reaching a whole new level,” CGT union leader Philippe Martinez said in an interview with Sunday’s Journal du Dimanche. Unions are protesting French President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the retirement age to 64, despite opposition from workers, the public and across the political spectrum.

Public support for the reforms stands at 32%, according to an Ifop poll published in the newspaper on Sunday, while only 34% of those polled believe the government will withdraw the plan in response to protests and strikes. “It’s going to be really chaotic for some people,” Transport Minister Clément Bon told France 3. While the strikes meant there would be little public transport, he said the government was still not in the mood to revise the rules of retreats.

The EDF strikes came after the French Senate voted in favor of a plan to phase out specific retirement measures that allow some workers, including utility workers, to retire years earlier. than people in other positions. Power cuts at EDF are affecting available supplies, but the mild weather is expected to reduce pressure on the country’s power grids, Bloomberg said.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) has asked airlines to cancel 20-30% of their flights at French airports on March 7 and 8 due to planned strikes by air traffic controllers. Air France said it plans to operate eight of its 10 flights these days, including all long-haul flights. “Last minute delays and cancellations cannot be ruled out,” the airline said in a statement. National rail company SNCF has warned that service will be interrupted on March 7, and the Eurostar rail service has canceled some services between Paris, London, Brussels and Amsterdam on March 7 and 8.

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