Pilots’ Strike Halts Air Travel

Passengers were stranded at French airports Sunday when pilots and navigators went on strike against Air France’s domestic wing, prompting it to cancel almost all its flights.

The unions called the 24-hour walkout to protest the airline’s restructuring. Air France Europe is merging with its parent company, the state-run Air France, later this year.

Bus and subway drivers in France’s provinces were also on strike for a fourth day Sunday, demanding retirement at the age of 55 and a shorter work week.

That strike, which did not affect Paris, meant there was no bus service in the southern coastal cities of Marseille, Toulon, Nice and Cannes, and in the northern city of Lille.

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