In France the general strike to protest against pension reforms which began yesterday is expected to continue. More than 800,000 people, many of them workers, took to the streets during the day to protest against the reforms, and this is being considered as the largest strike in several years. There were reports of violent fighting in a number of cities.
Today a number of train journeys and flights are expected to be cancelled with only a small part of the transport system in the capital, Paris, expected to function. The situation is not expected to get back to normal by the weekend, as the metro and bus operator in Paris said that the strike would continue until Monday. Other unions are expected to decide whether to continue striking in the next few days.