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Last Updated: Friday, 16 November 2007, 12:51 GMT
In pictures: French strike

Rail workers protest at Lille-Flandres train station, in Lille, northern France, 16 November

Thousands of public transport and utility workers have gone on strike across France, including here in Lille, throwing the transport system into chaos.

A railway worker holding a child casts a ballot during voting to decide on continuing to strike, at Hendaye railway station, south-west France, 15 November

Rail unions have rejected a government offer for fresh talks despite moves from within their own leadership towards renewed negotiations.

A man hitch-hikes on the Champs Elysees in Paris, 16 November

A third strike day saw many people resorting to walking, cycling, roller-blading or even hitch-hiking along traffic-choked roads.

Commuters at Gare du Nord metro station, 16 November

Friday saw a slight increase in the number of trains operating but two metro lines in Paris were closed completely, and only one in three buses was running.

A woman runs on the tracks, as passengers walk on a crowded platform at the Saint Lazare station in Paris, Thursday 15 November

Commuters faced long delays to board the crowded trains or buses in operation.

Rail workers and employees of the French state-owned company EDF bury a fake coffin representing the government's pension reforms, 15 November

Unions are waiting for an agreement on the conditions under which talks between government, unions and employers can take place on reforms to the public sector pensions.

A demonstration in Nice, southern France, 14 November

Students, teachers, civil servants and even magistrates may launch their own strike action, threatening to create a general wave of protest against economic hardship.

Traffic jam in Paris, 14 November 2007

Tempers frayed on the gridlocked roads as commuters battled any way they could to get to and from work.



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