Further strikes disrupted rail and air transport in France on Thursday but the broader
protest over plans to raise the retirement age appeared to be ebbing away a day
after parliament adopted pension reform legislation.
Flights in and out of
French airports were reduced by 30 to 50 percent due to a one-day stoppage by air
traffic controllers, and a rolling strike by rail workers halved some services but
caused less disruption than previously to high-speed links.
Sarkozy refused to back down when unions mounted wave after wave of strikes and nationwide
street rallies in the past two months over his presidency's flagship reform.