PARIS - Paris commuters battled to reach work again on Monday as a 40-day-old strike dragged on and France's premier vowed "to go to the end" with the pension reforms that sparked the action.
There was still major disruption on the Paris metro and the national railway system, even after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a major concession to unions at the weekend. But the situation was somewhat improved from previous weeks, with all Paris metro lines now open in peak hours and the trains running slightly more regularly.
National rail operator SNCF said eight out of ten high-speed TGV trains were operating, although slower regional trains were more affected.
"We are going to go to the end" in implementing the pension reforms, Philippe said on France 2 television late Sunday.
"Those who incite (workers) to continue the strike are leading them perhaps into a dead end... I think that they need to assume their responsibilities," he said.
"I think you know the phrase -- 'you need to know how to end a strike'. We are not far now," he added.
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