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Published on : Friday, June 10, 2016
Euro 2016 should go unhindered said French President Francois Hollande. He warned the unions to not hold any strikes during the football tournaments that would cause any sort of hazards or trouble for the football fans who have arrived in the city to witness the tournament.
Recent strikes have gripped the country on reforms to labour law. Trains are threatening strikes on important lines that are serving Stade de France in St Denis just outside Paris.
The picture of Paris is quite dismal at this time owing to the recent floods and mostly due to labour strikes. Uncollected garbage has been stacked in various parts of the city lending foul odor as trade unions have been blocking the incinerators.
The country was only trying to recover from the jihadist attacks, which has already put many tourists at bay. Euro 2016 is a good opportunity for Paris to bring the confidence of tourists back on their favourite city, however internal factors may somewhat leave bad impressions lingering in the minds of tourists.
The President pleaded with the people of France to ensure that the competition proceeds without any incident. He also pointed out that the state will do its duty but it is the responsibility of all citizens to make sure that fans have a memorable experience.
The representatives of the labour unions seem unapologetic. Berenger Cernon, secretary general of the CGT union at the Gare de Lyon in Paris said that they did not schedule the Euro 2016 to take place at this time. He said that a social movement is going on, the reorganisation continues, labour laws continue. Since the negotiations on the collective agreement are open for everybody it will definitely affect the Euro tournament as the strikes cannot be put off. They are working on resolving the issue on the state rail company (SNCF).
But nearly all city dustbins are overflowing with garbage that is falling out in the streets. People are crossing smelly bins which are making them lose their appetite. The southern city of Marseille which will host the matches between England and Russia has also stacks of garbage that have not been cleared so far.