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Some 40 per cent of flights were cancelled in France on Wednesday due to a strike by the country’s air traffic controllers’ union, French aviation authorities said.

planeThe strike was organized after a fracturing of negotiations over raising the controllers’ retirement age from 57 to 59 years and organization of work, the SNCTA union and French transport minister said in separate statements.

SNCTA said the strike would continue as planned on Thursday, prompting French aviation authorities to recommend airlines reduce their planned Thursday traffic by 50 per cent.

Air France said that for Wednesday, nearly all of its long-range flights would also continue as planned. Sixty per cent of its medium-distance flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport would also not be affected.

The carrier said it also planned to operate 30 per cent of its flights from the French capital’s other airport, Orly, and 60 per cent of flights departing and arriving from other airports in France.

Some 11 flights between Paris and Frankfurt were cancelled on Wednesday morning due to the strike, a Frankfurt airport spokesman said.

Airports in Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse and Nice were among the traffic hubs affected.

A second round of strikes is scheduled for April 16-18 and April 29-May 2 unless there is a breakthrough in negotiations.

GNA

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