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There will be transportation to the Euro 2016 football championship kick-off in Paris, despite ongoing labour disputes, said Alain Vidales, the French state secretary in charge of the portfolio, on Friday.

Speaking on broadcaster Europe 1, Vidales said that, if necessary, train drivers would be forced to report to work.

Train traffic has been disrupted - and trash piling up in Paris thanks to a separate work stoppage at waste treatment centres - following protests and strikes in recent weeks, all on the eve of the European football championship. The country is also facing new labour action from pilots unions.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo promised that trash accumulating around the city would be removed, telling the BFMTV broadcaster that 50 added removal vehicles would be dispatched.

As of Friday morning, the first of the rubbish heaps had been removed.

Protests in France have been ongoing for months in a protest at restructuring efforts at state railway SNCF and planned labour market reforms.

President Francois Hollande has demanded an end to the disruptions and appealed to strikers to take responsibility for their actions.

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