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AIR FRANCE SETTLES LABOR DISPUTE; WORLD CUP OPENS IN PARIS

          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). 
     
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