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PARIS – Strikes have thrown train services to France's national stadium into disarray before the European Championship opening game it hosts on Friday night.
Two overland trains, the RERs B and D, link the Stade de France in Paris' northern suburbs to the city center.
The national SNCF rail company said strikes wiped out two-thirds of RER B trains on Thursday and that six out of 10 trains weren't running on the RER D. It is working on a fallback plan to try to ensure that fans can still use trains to reach the 80,000-seat stadium for France vs. Romania at 9.p.m on Friday.
An underground Metro line to the stadium was running normally and will have extra trains for the game, but is generally crowded at the best of times.