Euro 2016: Flights cancelled due to French strikes

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Aer Lingus has had to cancel flights due to the ATC strike (Source: Getty)

A series of strikes in France are disrupting the European Championship.

A number of flights from the Republic of Ireland and the UK have been cancelled because of a French air traffic controllers strike. The strike is disrupting flights to and from France, as well as over French airspace.

Aer Lingus and Ryanair have both had to cancel flights.

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Ryanair said that it has been forced to cancel 44 flights on Tuesday both to and from and over France, in what will be the 50th French strike since 2009, and 10th in the past 12 weeks.

The strike comes after Air France, the country's national airline, asked passengers to check their flight status as it a pilot's strike had caused it to cancel some flights.

Syndicat des Pilotes d'Air France, the pilots' union, has been taking action because of planned pay cuts and changes to working conditions.

Meanwhile, rubbish isn't going to be collected in Paris until Wednesday, while train services have only just resumed service after a nine-day strike. Industrial action continued on the rails on Monday.

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The government in France had come under fire as unemployment has remained persistently high while attempting to introduce controversial reforms.

Protestors have been angry about the reforms which would see the 35-hour week remain, but as an average, meaning firms can negotiate with trade unions on more or fewer hours, up to a maximum of 46.

The reforms also give companies more power to reduce pay, as well as conditions under which employees can be fired and freedom to negotiate holidays and leave, areas currently highly regulated across France.

Still, the government has stuck to its plans.

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