Strikes Continue

Dec 12, 2019

As of 11 December 2019, trade unions across France have continued the seventh consecutive day of a strike action against a proposed pension reform. Services continue to be significantly disrupted throughout the country, as workers across most public transportation sectors, including bus, rail and trams, continue their strike. National rail operator Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF) and Paris public transport provider Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) continue to warn of significantly reduced services in the Paris Metro, along with Transport express regional (TER) trains and long-distance TGV trains. Significant transportation disruptions are likely to proceed into next week, as unions continue to extend the strike period.

On 10 December, approximately 339,000 people participated in nationwide protests, during which clashes broke out between police officers and protesters in several cities. Police officers clashed with protesters in Bordeaux and Lille after protesters vandalized buildings along the protest route. In Paris, at least 30,000 people joined the protests, although no notable violence occurred. Union leaders have called for additional protests on 12 and 17 December in addition to the extended strike.

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