Public-sector workers in France are striking nationwide today to protest against a raise in the legal retirement age proposed by central right-wing French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Over 200 demonstrations are planned around the country, and many of the larger ones are taking place in Paris. As a result, public transportation lines, national railways and airports are being hit.
National railway company SNCF says only two in five high-speed TGV trains departing to and from Paris will be running today.Eurostar trains, meanwhile, are operating normally. Eight in ten Thalys trains are running today.
In Paris, metro and commuter (RER) trains are seeing a significant slowdown on Tuesday. Expect longer wait times and crowded cars on most Paris Metro lines today. The airport transportation situation is more troublesome: on the commuter train line that connects Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris, traffic has virtually ground to a halt, which means alternative forms of transport from Paris airports will need to be arranged today. Network operator RATP is currently reporting the following schedule changes on their website:
- Lines 6, 11 and 14: Traffic is normal.
- Lines 1 and 2: 3 trains out of 4 are running
- Lines 5, 7, 7 bis and 13: 2 trains out of 3 are running
- Lines 3, 4, 8, 9, and 12: One out of every 2 trains is running
- Lines 3bis and 10: One train in 3 is running
- RER Line A : One in two trains is running
- RER Line B (includes connection from Charles de Gaulle Airport to central Paris): traffic almost entirely suspended
- No connections at the Gare du Nord station today.
Paris Buses and Tramways: Buses and tramways are likely to be running irregularly on Tuesday, so it's probably best to choose another form of transport.