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Old 09-10-2013, 12:03 PM
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(Reuters) - French train services face disruption on Tuesday from a strike over plans to reform the country's indebted pension system, but most international links should operate normally, the SNCF rail company said.

The rail strike follows a broader call from the hardline CGT labour union, the dominant one among rail workers, for protests and work stoppages as President Francois Hollande's Socialist government prepares to legislate on the modest reform.

Late night services will be cancelled on many national lines and services on inter-city routes, and some TGV high-speed links will be cut. However cross-border services should run normally, except for links with Spain, an SNCF statement said.

Hollande partially reversed a pension funding overhaul pushed through by predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy despite mass street protests. But his government is now due to extend the pay-in period required for a full pension from 40.5 years to 43 years by 2035, according to the draft law obtained by Reuters.

A couple pics of the protest


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