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AIR FRANCE SETTLES LABOR DISPUTE; WORLD CUP OPENS IN PARIS
Published June 10, 1998
Air France reached agreement today with striking pilots to end a walkout that "severely undermined preparations for the World Cup," according to a report by the AP's Ian Phillips in the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. Air France said that the pilots had agreed to "accept company shares in exchange for salary cuts." The company called for an "immediate return to work." On Tuesday, "only one in four Air France planes was flying" (AP/ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/10). BUT OTHER STRIKES ARE POSSIBLE: While Paris held its "largest parade ever" on Tuesday in celebration of the beginning of the World Cup, Anne Swardson of the WASHINGTON POST reports that armored truck drivers in Paris "went on strike, raising fears that bank branches would run out of cash and close." Bus drivers in Bordeaux and train conductors on the Paris-southern lines, where matches will be held, "geared up for strikes later in the week." Swardson also notes the large security presence guarding against terrorism and hooligans (WASHINGTON POST, 6/10). ARE THE FRENCH SITTING THIS ONE OUT? In Detroit, Charlie Vincent calls France the "host who seems to have thrown her doors open to a world of guests while refraining from indulging herself" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 6/10). STRIKE, WHAT STRIKE? LET'S PARTY: In Toronto, Stephen Brunt reports on Tuesday's opening parade: "It has become a cliche to suggest that North Americans are missing something because they are, by and large, immune to the allure of soccer. Still, it is undeniably true that they are missing something by not really being part of this" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 6/10). USA TODAY's Jill Lieber examines the Cup in a Sports section cover story, writing it "isn't just about soccer. It's also about the meeting and melding of nations, races, creeds, colors and genders. Without question, it's also the world's largest cocktail party" (USA TODAY, 6/10).