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French rail management makes offer to resolve strike

media An employee of the France's national state-owned railway company (SNCF) wears a pin reading "on strike" as they block the access to an oil depot near the Total refinery of Donges, western France, on May 25, 2016 JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD / AFP

With trains canceled across France on the seventh day of a nationwide strike, the SNCF national rail service has offered unions a deal on working hours to try to persuade train drivers to go back to work.

The CGT, however, appears doubtful and has yet to respond.

The strike is part of months of action against a government effort to loosen labor restrictions and allow longer working hours.

The government fears it will disrupt the European Championship soccer tournament starting Friday.

A third of high-speed trains and about half of regional trains are canceled Tuesday because of the strike, along with many trains to or from Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

SNCF director Guillaume Pepy said Tuesday on Europe-1 radio that management went "to the farthest point possible" to meet union demands.
 

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