French civil servants are on strike today in a bid to put pressure on President Emmanuel Macron's cost cutting plans in the public sector. Nine public sector unions representing more than five million workers called the nationwide strikes and demonstrations against Macron's plans to cut 120,000 civil service jobs, freeze pay, alter sick leave policy and cut social employment schemes. Schools, hospitals, government offices, trains and air transport are all being impacted by the strikes, the first in a decade joined by all public sector unions. Thirty percent of flights across the country were cancelled, although Air France said it would run all long-distance flights to and from Paris' airports.
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