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Half of Flights Cancelled at French Airports Due to Strike

Air traffic controllers in France started a three-day strike on Tuesday in protest of the European Union’s plans to centralize control of European air space.  The of the Civil Aviation Authority said that 1800 flights were canceled in major airports, including Charles de Gaulle, Beauvais, Orly, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Bordeaux, and Toulouse airports.  Eric Herault of the authority said that these cancelations were for safety reasons and to avoid crowding at the airports.

On Tuesday in Strasbourg, EU commissioner for transportation gave a speech in which he asked to speed up the process of centralizing European air space will help reduce inefficiencies that cost airlines and customers 5 billion euros ($6.6 billion) per year.  It is expected that strikes will occur across the European Union on Wednesday.

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