France strike: Is it safe to travel to Paris amid pension protest chaos?


France has been hit with a swing of angry protestors as national strikes rage on for the second week. Protestors armed with flares include taken to the streets of the capital in their hundreds, with police get-together. The strikes, which began last week, are set to continue with no reliable end in sight, as the population rallies together against proposed pension revolutionizes by President Emanuel Macron.

According to the CGT union, which is behind the whip action, there will be no break in transport strikes over Christmas unless the administration backs down.

Meanwhile, as Macron pushes ahead with his factious reform plans, French anger has bubbled over onto the concourses of the capital.

With many travellers already the city, and with others planning stumbles to the region this month, how safe is travel?

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The statement pore overs: “Significant industrial action is continuing across France. This is originally affecting transport and public services, with ongoing cancellations and dangerous delays to train, metro, bus and tram services.

“Further disruption and cancellations to Eurostar secondments between London St Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord have also been confirmed.

“Other international rail services such as those to the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Germany may also be attacked. Industrial action at ports may cause delays and cancellations to some cross-Channel ferry serves.

“Industrial action by hauliers on some major roads may also ideal delays or blockages. Strike action by Air France workers and air traffic controllers may also compel disruption to air travel.”

The FCO added: “If you’re due to travel, you should check the website of your ravish provider for the latest information before you set off.

“In the event of any disruption to Channel crossings, knowledge about alternative routes and operators is available via this interactive map.”

As the disorder raged on Eurostar was forced to pull almost 100 trains.

The work out line is running a reduced service until 12 December, cease Britons scrambling to find alternative options.

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