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Eurostar and Calais ferries suspended as French over national strikes

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More than 200 rallies are expected around France on Thursday, including a large one in Paris involving all France’s unions.

Police unions opposed to the retirement reform are also taking part; those who aren’t protesting are bracing for potential violence if extremist groups join the demonstrations.

A majority of trains around France are cancelled, including some international connections, according to the SNCF rail authority. About 20 percent of flights out of Paris’ Orly Airport are cancelled and airlines are warning of delays.

Eurostar said its services would also be affected.

P&) Ferries warned they could not anticipate the scale of the disruption, telling customers: “If your journey is not essential, we do advise that you rearrange your travel to an alternative date.”

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