Residents and tourists in Paris react to 25 days of strikes
31 December 2019 | 8:50 am
On the 25th day of the strike against pension reforms in France, residents and tourists at the Gare du Nord station in Paris express their fatigue, some saying they're surprised that the strikes have lasted so long.
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