PARIS

France is bracing for a national day of action today as the strike that has seriously hampered the country continues into its fifth week.

The protest will involve thousands of transit workers, with the main gathering planned in Paris for early this afternoon.

Workers will also hold rallies in other major cities throughout France, including Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lille, Rennes, and Lyon.

The unions have already called for another day of mobilization this Saturday.

Transport services, including metro and bus lines, within the Ile-de-France — the greater Paris region — have been critically affected by the protests.

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