On Thursday, striking metro workers closed half of the Paris metro lines, a national day of strikes and protests by French train drivers, teachers and other public sector workers calling on the government and employers to increase salaries to keep up with inflation.

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Waiting for major disruptions on their morning commutes, many Parisians would cycle or walk to work. Others have taken buses provided as an alternative means of getting to offices and workplaces, or have returned to pandemic lockdown routines and worked from home.

A woman walks by a closed metro station on Thursday, November 10, 2022 in Paris.
(Photo AP / Michel Euler)

Protests were scheduled in Paris and other French cities on Thursday amid growing discontent among workers in Europe.

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Strikes in France are based on multiple union actions in recent months by French workers demanding higher wages to keep up with the rising cost of living. Last month, a strike by oil refinery workers caused nationwide fuel shortages that disrupted lives and businesses. The French government intervened to force them to return to work.

People stand in front of a closed metro station on Thursday, November 10, 2022 in Paris.

People stand in front of a closed metro station on Thursday, November 10, 2022 in Paris.
(Photo AP / Michel Euler)

Europe has faced a series of protests and strikes in recent months due to the surge in inflation. Nurses, pilots, post office workers. railway staff and others have quit their jobs, seeking wages to keep pace with inflation while the Russian war in Ukraine has driven up energy and food prices.

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Unions have also staged street protests to pressure governments to do more to ease the rising bills even as European leaders have approved energy aid packages.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, shakes hands with former French President Francois Hollande as they stand in front of a commemorative plaque outside the Stade de France stadium, in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on Monday, November 13, 2017.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, shakes hands with former French President Francois Hollande as they stand in front of a commemorative plaque outside the Stade de France stadium, in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on Monday, November 13, 2017.
(Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP)

Nationwide general strikes over rising cost of living caused by inflation and rising energy costs related to Russia’s war in Ukraine blocked traffic through much of Belgium and closed public services in Greece on Wednesday.

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