PARIS – Opening another front in their battle against the French government, protesting workers cut power to thousands of Parisians on Tuesday, plunging homes into darkness and shutting down trains to one of the capital’s main airports.
The outage lasted about two hours. It hit users in the southern suburbs of Paris, which include the Orly international airport and the Rungis market that supplies food to the region. Franck Jouanno, a local leader of the leftist CGT union, said power grid workers targeted the area because it is one of “the economic lungs of Europe.”
The CGT is pushing for a complete withdrawal of the French government’s plans to overhaul the country’s pension system. The planned reforms have triggered six weeks of protests and crippling transport strikes.
Jouanno described the households that lost power as “collateral damage.”
African militants kill 36 in attack
Militants attacked a market in Burkina Faso’s Sanatenga province, killing at least 36 people and wounding several others, the government said Tuesday. The gunmen then burned the market, a government statement said.
The violence is the latest in a surge of attacks in the West African nation’s north that led to the displacement of more than half a million people last year.
President Roch Marc Kabore called for two days of national mourning beginning today for the victims.
US journalist gets accused of hack
Prosecutors accused U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday of involvement in hacking the phones of Brazilian officials involved in a corruption probe, though Brazil’s high court had blocked investigations of the journalist or his Brazil-based news outlet in relation to the case.
A federal judge would have to approve a formal charge based on allegations by prosecutor Wellington Divino Marques de Oliveira that Greenwald helped a group of six people hack into phones of hundreds local authorities.
Brazil’s federal police looked at the evidence and did not find any wrongdoing. A ruling by Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendes later barred investigations of Greenwald and The Intercept Brasil.
Prince Harry, wife reunite in Canada
Prince Harry has reunited with his wife, Meghan, in Canada as he steps back from royal duties.
The prince, Meghan and their 8-month-old son, Archie, were reportedly staying at a mansion on the island off Canada’s Pacific coast.
The palace announced Saturday that the prince and his wife will give up public funding and try to become financially independent.