PARIS - Transport workers shut down most trains yesterday, testing the patience of Parisians forced to walk, bike, or skate to work with a strike aimed at derailing President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to strip away labor protections he says hurt France's competitiveness.
Faced with a new day of strikes today and the first major challenge to his crusade to modernize France through overhauls, Sarkozy called on unions to enter talks.
The strikes "must end as quickly as possible in the interest of passengers." presidential spokesman David Martinon said.
Parisians were forced to rely on their own energy, or ingenuity, to get to work yesterday.