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Ryanair cancelled 75 flights on Thursday when French air traffic controllers went on a planned four day walk-out strike, part of a long running dispute previously flagged up by this blog and designed to cause maximum chaos for thousands of UK fans travelling to Euro 2016.
According to an insider the airline expects to cancel hundreds more over the next few days, and then has along with many other airlines, the problem of dozens of aircraft being physically out of position, or simply parked up until it is safe, in a week or so, to again negotiate French air space. In addition severe flooding in Paris and environs has seen all other forms of transport disrupted and hotels flooded.
Ryanair says this is the 50th strike by the French since 2009 and the 9th in this latest series of planned walk-outs over the past 10 weeks.
The airline's chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: 'This latest strike action by the French ATC unions and is a clear escalation of their attempts to cause as much disruption as possible.
Transport Minister Alain Vidalies said all unions other than the CGT had called off the air traffic control strike and said the government hoped to avert disruption ahead of Euro 2016.
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