Strikes Continue

Dec 27, 2019

As of 26 December 2019, trade unions have entered the 22nd consecutive day of strikes against a proposed pension reform. Transportation disruptions are ongoing across the country and are expected to continue into January 2020. National rail operator Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF) warned that only 50% of long-distance TGV trains, 20% of suburban Transilien trains and 40% of Transport express regional (TER) trains are currently operational. SNCF stated that it intends to increase operations and run 60% of TGV trains from 27-29 December and that all bookings would be guaranteed during that time period. In Paris, the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) continues to run significantly reduced services on the Paris Metro and the Réseau Express Régional (RER).

Additionally, leaders of the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) have called for a large-scale demonstration in Paris on 28 December. The gathering is expected to begin at approximately 1300 local time (1200 UTC) at Gare du Nord station and march to the Place du Châtelet, which is located approximately 4 km (2 mi) from the station.

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