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Any news of transport strikes in France over Christmas?

Old Dec 18th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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Any news of transport strikes in France over Christmas?

Hi, does anyone know the situation with transport strikes in France. I had heard, a while ago, that transport workers were planning on going out on strike again on 18 December and I also read that Orly airport workers were striking on 20 Dec. Anyone know the current situation? We have tickets for the TGV, leaving Lille on Saturday.

Thanks for any info.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 12:01 PM
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Right now, the only transport strike going on is in Bordeaux, from what I've read. The French news accounts I've read said that RATP and SNCF are having meetings this Thursday to discuss some personnel issues, so more should be known after that. I believe a strike has been called for some workers of Air France at Orly-West for Thursday only -- ground personnel. But AF hasn't given out much notice or warnings of this, so it doesn't sound like much from what I've read, if it occurs.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 12:41 PM
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Thanks Christina, I'll keep an eye on the news on Thursday. We leave London this Friday for Lille. I hope any transport strike will be reported in the English media as I don't read French (or only a tiny bit).
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No transport strikes planned for the rest of the year. However, civil servants are mad as hell about salary programs and are announcing a strike near the end of January.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 10:10 PM
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Truly Kerouac? Fantastic. We have been worried about organising Plan B if there are no trains. Wonderful news.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 11:23 PM
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For anybody in Paris next weekend (22-23 December), the SNCF has announced that all suburban trains will be free of charge, as a holiday gift to compensate for the strikes. This does not concern lines operated by the RATP (metro).

Monthly passes will also be cheaper for everyone for the month of January, to make up for the strike days -- one week free of charge.
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 12:28 PM
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Hi all,
we are in Nice, France at present and had our plans disrupted today by a French rail strike. There were trains but very few and not where we wanted to go.

Our main concern though is catching the TGV back to Lille this Sunday. There doesn't seem to be anything on the news when I Googled. Does anyone know what's happening?
Thanks very much
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 12:36 PM
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You can always go down to the Nice-Ville station and ask about Greves or 'strikes'

Grevus prevus (?) any strikes expected if they don't do English

train workers i think it's said don't often strike during the holidays when many are off anyway
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The TGV between Marseille and Paris was extremely disrupted yesterday due to the theft of copper wire along a section of the track. Things went back to normal today.

However, you can perhaps expect new strikes in January, as the government made some unfortunate announcements that irritated all of the trade unions without exception.
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