Transport strikes disrupt Christmas travel in France

  • Pedestrians walk near a department store in Paris, Thursday, Dec.19, 2019. French retailers, hotels and cafes are struggling at the height of the holiday shopping season, because a protracted transportation strike and repeated protests in Paris and other cities are keeping shoppers and visitors away. And it’s the second year in a row _ last year’s Christmas season was hit by yellow vest protests. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

  • Pedestrians walk in front of the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, Thursday, Dec.19, 2019. French retailers, hotels and cafes are struggling at the height of the holiday shopping season, because a protracted transportation strike and repeated protests in Paris and other cities are keeping shoppers and visitors away. And it’s the second year in a row _ last year’s Christmas season was hit by yellow vest protests. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS — French travelers and tourists were struggling Saturday to get to their destinations as the Christmas season ramped up amid continuing strikes against the government’s plans to raise the retirement age to 64.

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