Euro 2016 trophy kept secure on Paris arrival due to strike action in France

Access to a train carrying the European Championship trophy across France has been blocked by protesters against planned labour law reforms.

The train, which travelled through 25 cities and spent three days in each of the 10 cities hosting Euro 2016 matches, reached its final stop on Wednesday morning at Paris's Gare du Nord station.

Fans are normally allowed inside the train to have their photo taken with the Henri Delaunay Cup, but it remained closed on Wednesday because of the protests.

Euro 2016 starts on Friday amid a tense social climate in France as the government's plan to reform the labour market has led to massive strikes and demonstrations over the past two months.

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet has appealed to disgruntled workers to put their strike action on hold for the duration of Euro 2016.

In recent weeks France has been hit by a series of protests and demonstrations against proposed labour reforms, leading to fears that they might badly impact visiting fans during this month's competition.

On Sunday French president Francois Hollande said "nobody would understand" if train and airline industry strikes got in the way of Euro 2016. And Le Graet has now added his voice to those calling for the strikes to be called off.

"Football, even when there aren't demonstrations, unites people," Le Graet told RMC. "Everyone can play football, whatever their age, religion or way of thinking.

"Football is the most popular sport, which brings people together the most.

"An event like this can't bring France to a halt. We can't decide everything in the place of others, but it's a special moment that won't be reproduced in France again in the coming 25 years.

"That doesn't mean that we should forget all the difficulties... but I think that there's maybe a time when we should reflect and try to give a good image of our country."

While some transport strikes are ongoing, unions have also called for a ninth national demonstration against reforms to take place on June 14.

ESPN FC's France correspondent Mark Rodden contributed to this report