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    Air France Staff Strike Leaves 50% Flights in Paris Airport Canceled (VIDEO)

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    PARIS (Sputnik) - Pilots, flight attendants and navigation crews that work for French flag carrier Air France are striking on Thursday, demanding a salary raise, the company said in a press release.

    "On Thursday 22 February 2018, Air France plans to operate 75% of its flights in view of an estimated 28% of staff planning to strike on this day," the press release read.

    The industrial action left half of the long-duration flights departing from Charles-de-Gaulle Paris airport canceled along with 25 percent of medium-haul flights and 15 percent of short-haul flights.

    On Wednesday, many labor unions — including SNPL and Spaf for pilots, SNPNC and UNSA-PNC for stewards — called for a strike. Air France employees are demanding a 6-percent salary increase, justifying this request by citing the company's good financial revenues.

    The company's management has called the claims "unreasonable."

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