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Air France set to scrap half of flights amid strike

Pilots protesting against carrier's plan to develop low-cost subsidiary

Waiting for a flight: Air France said it had sent 65,000 text messages to passengers affected by the strike and deployed some 7,000 extra workers to help stranded customers. The main pilots' union at Air France has called for a week-long strike. - PHOTO: REUTERS

[PARIS] French flag carrier Air France was set to scrap at least half its flights on Monday as pilots began a strike against the company's plan to develop its low-cost subsidiary. Several passengers were stranded as the week-long strike kicked off, sparking outrage among weary travellers such as