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    French Nogent-sur-Seine nuclear plant workers are set to hold a 24-hour strike as part of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) union protest actions against the proposed labor bill, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The workers at the French Nogent-sur-Seine nuclear plant are set to hold a 24-hour strike and halt the reactors’ work as part of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) union protest actions against the proposed labor bill, local media reported.

    According to the Francetv Info news outlet, the decision to hold the strike to protest the bill was made through a vote on Tuesday.

    One of the plant's two reactors is already shut for technical reasons, and the other one will be shut as part of the strike, one of CGT leaders Arnaud Pacot said, as cited by the media. It will take between three and five days for the reactors to recover from the blackout and start functioning normally, Pacot added.

    The CGT has called on other nuclear power plant workers to shut the reactors hoping it will convince the authorities to withdraw the labor law.

    The labor bill has given rise to multiple protests across the country in the past months. Among the reforms proposed by the government are highly unpopular attempts to increase daily working hours and simplify firing procedures.

    Last week, up to 400,000 people took part in labor reform protests across France, including blockades at fuel depots and refineries, which have resulted in significant fuel shortage across France.


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