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Friday, 7 December, 2001, 08:17 GMT
French air traffic controllers on strike

A 36-hour strike by French air traffic controllers has entered its second day, causing the cancellation of about 90% of domestic and European flights.

Many airports were virtually deserted on Thursday as travellers who had been warned of the stoppage made alternative arrangements.

The air traffic controllers have been protesting about the European Commission's "single sky" policy, designed to harmonise European air travel and increase efficiency.

Their unions argue that the plans to open air traffic control services to competition could lead to job cuts. The industrial action in France has been criticised by the European Commission.

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