Last updated: 01:28 PM ET, Sat June 11 2016

Quarter of Air France Pilots Join Strike Over Labor Reforms

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | June 11, 2016

Quarter of Air France Pilots Join Strike Over Labor Reforms

Photo via Air France

As France recovers from deadly flooding and as the country prepares for the Union of European Football Associations Championship, about one fourth of Air France pilots have gone on strike, the Associated Press reported. 

The tournament is expected to bring more than 2 million visitors to the country, but French officials are concerned the union strikes and demonstrations over the past few weeks will continue, thus scaring off potential tourists, AP reported.

READ MORE: Could an Air France Pilots Strike Affect the UEFA Soccer Championship?

Unions plan to continue their strikes over France’s labor reforms through Tuesday, according to AP.

Up to one fifth of Air France flights have been canceled for Saturday, the airline told AP.

READ MORE: Strikes in France Disrupting Countrywide Air and Rail Travel

Train drivers have been on strike for several days in France, causing disruptions in rail service between Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport, AP said.

"When it's not the trains, when it's not the metro, it's the trash," said Catherine Jacob about the garbage that has been piling up on the streets of Paris due to strikes. "In terms of hygiene, it's not good for the tourists, it's not good for the residents. Tomorrow we'll have rats in the street."

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