The reforms will open up the rail network to foreign investors and scrap the special status given to rail workers.
Public sector workers are demonstrating in Paris against French President Emmanuel Macron’s reform programme.
Angry rail workers are threatening three months of rolling strikes that could cripple the country’s economy.
Previous presidents have encountered stiff resistance when trying to modernise the railways.
Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports from Paris on whether Macron could succeed where others have failed.
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