June 12, 2016
France’s socialist government is calling on the country’s labor unions to abandon their “guerrilla” tactics that threaten to wreak havoc on the Euro 2016 soccer tournament that begins Friday night. Striking railway workers, garbage collectors and airline pilots all appear ready to grind the country to a halt and let the garbage pile-up just as two million visitors are expected to descend on the country for the month-long tournament. Environment Minister Segolene Royal said the strikes are creating a “mess” that is threatening to ruin the tournament for all of the visitors, and the French themselves.
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