Hundreds of railway workers gathered outside the French Senate in Paris on Monday, to demand the repeal of reforms to national railways operator SNCF.

The reform bill was approved by the Senate on its first reading last week. It was presented to a cross-party joint committee on Monday, before returning to the National Assembly for a final vote.

‘Sud Rail’ union called on the rail workers to take to the streets of the French capital to protest against new regulations aimed bringing the French railways in line with EU rules on market liberalisation.

“It is a symbolic act to say that we want the railway law to be retracted and nothing else, we don’t want an accord we don’t want a change of our status,” railway technician Romain said.

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