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Air France strikers take their protest to the streets

SCORES of striking Air France pilots took their protest to the streets of Paris yesterday, demonstrating in full uniform outside the National Assembly to demand government intervention to end an industrial deadlock.

Parent company Air France-KLM admits that about half of all Air France flights have been cancelled since the strike started.

The pilots oppose the proposed expansion of its low-cost carrier Transavia, which the company touts as a way to cut costs and stay competitive.

Main pilots’ union SNPL says that management’s offer to delay the expansion of Transavia until December is a smokescreen and accuses the airline of trying to move jobs to countries with lower taxes and wages.

French “Socialist” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said: “This strike has no reason, is not understood by French people, gives France a bad image and is a real danger for the company.”

Air France said that the strike is costing €20 million (£15.6m) a day.

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