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Eiffel Tower shut, transport snarled by French strikes

AP , Tuesday 14 Jun 2016
France
New control fences are seen at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower near the fan zone ahead of the UEFA 2016 European Championship in Paris, France, June 7, 2016 (Reuters)
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Street protests are planned across France, rail workers and taxi drivers are going on strike and the Eiffel Tower is due to be closed as part of a protest against a reform aimed at loosening the country's labor rules.

The company operating the Eiffel Tower said in a statement that the monument is closed Tuesday because the public's safety couldn't be ensured due to a strike among workers.

Taxi drivers temporarily blocked some of Paris' main streets. And seven unions and student organization called for demonstrations against the proposed labor law, which is being debated in the Senate.

In a separate protest, Air France pilots are striking to demand better working conditions. About 20 percent of all Air France's flights were cancelled, according to the company.

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