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French strike in cutbacks protests

Some trains and schools have been disrupted by strikes as unions across France protest against government austerity measures.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government said the cost-cutting measures are essential to reduce the country's debts and allow France to remain a pillar of the troubled eurozone.

The striking and protesting workers say the cuts hit some sectors and employees unfairly hard and that the rich should make more of a contribution.

Strikes reduced or disrupted traffic on some Paris subway and commuter train lines. The SNCF national railway said one in four high-speed TGV trains had been cancelled, but international connections were running as usual.

Some 200 protests were planned in cities around France.

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