France braced for second day of mass union strikes

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France is preparing for a second day of travel cancellations and school closures as unions warned there would be no let-up in the strike called to protest planned pension reforms.

The first day of the strike yesterday saw giant rallies across the country coupled with walkouts that froze transport and closed schools.

Today is set to follow a similar pattern, with almost all high-speed train services cancelled, most of the Paris metro system shut down and hundreds of flights cancelled.

The country is set to continue the strikes over the weekend.

-Noah Harte