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A 15-week-long strike by French air traffic controller

August 2, 1987

PARIS (AP) _ A 15-week-long strike by French air traffic controllers, which forced daily delays and cancellations of commercial flights, ended this weekend when five of six unions agreed to a settlement.

The accord gives controllers about to retire a monthly pay increase of about $230, thus increasing their retirement pay.

The agreement came Saturday after 18 hours of negotiations. Normal flight schedules were expected to resume Monday.

Controllers conducted weekday work stoppages between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., forcing delays or cancellations of flights by Air Inter, the domestic airline, and Air France.

Air Inter said it lost $11.6 million because of the work stoppages. Air France said it lost about $4.6 million.

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