French public sector workers are holding a day-long, nationwide strike to protest against the government's social and economic policies.

The strike was causing some transport disruption, French media reports said.

The protest comes two days after regional elections in which President Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right UMP party suffered a heavy defeat.

Resistance to Mr Sarkozy's economic reform programme was widely thought to have contributed to the loss.

On Monday, the French president reacted by reshuffling his cabinet, replacing Labour Minister Xavier Darcos with Budget Minister Eric Woerth.

Mr Sarkozy has also suggested he may slow the pace of unpopular reforms.

Hundreds of train workers were expected to walk during the strike out over planned reforms to the pension service, prompting travel problems across the country's rail network.

About half the trains were running on Paris commuter lines on Tuesday morning, while nearly two-thirds of national high-speed TGV services were operating, according to French news agency AFP.

National rail operator SNCF said services would be disrupted until early on Wednesday.

Teachers protesting over job cuts were also joining the demonstration, along with other public sector workers complaining about conditions at work and their lack of spending power.

No disruption was expected on the international Eurostar and Thalys rail links.

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