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France’s summer 2022 strike timetable for roads, rail and air travel

The transport sector - particularly air travel - has been hit by strike action all over Europe this summer. Here's your guide to the declared strike days in France and the services that will be affected.

France's summer 2022 strike timetable for roads, rail and air travel
Paris Charles de Gaulle airport employees wave trade union flags as they stage a strike to demand higher wages at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport. Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP

Why are the strikes taking place?

The majority of the strikes are over pay, with unions saying that the soaring cost of living should mean pay increases for staff. So far there has been no call for a general strike, and each dispute is a separate matter between company bosses and the relevant workers’ representatives.

We will update this story throughout the summer.


The air travel sector is the worst hit so far, with several different strikes called.

Lufthansa – One of Lufthansa’s main unions called the German airline’s ground staff to strike on Wednesday July 27th as part of a wage dispute, heralding “delays and cancellations.” This will impact several airports across Europe. In France, flights with Lufthansa to and from Nice and Marseille could be affected.

Ryanair – Ryanair staff had filed a strike notice for ‘unlimited action’ over the summer, planning for a series of one or two-day strikes throughout the summer in conjunction with staff in other European countries. Pilots with Ryanair in France and Spain reached an agreement to return to pre-pandemic wages, after having taken salary cuts during the health crisis, and have therefore called off industrial action that was scheduled for July 23rd and 24th, and 25th through 28th, respectively.

Easyjet – French Easyjet pilots have written an open letter to the company CEO denouncing the chaos that has already seen the budget airline cancel dozens of flights because of staff shortages, but so far the pilots have not declared a formal strike. 

However Easyjet’s flight attendants have been called to strike from July 29th to 31st.

Airport – workers at Aéroports de Paris (which covers Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports but not Beauvais) have called off their strike after reaching a deal on pay with the airport operator.

Staff shortages – in addition to strike action, air travel around Europe has been hit hard by shortages of key staff, and many airports have seen long wait times to check in.


There’s some better news for train passengers.

SNCF strike – workers on the French rail operator SNCF held a one-day strike on Wednesday, July 6th, which affected high-speed TGV, the Intercité and local TER trains in all parts of France. Although the dispute remains unresolved, unions say their next meeting with rail bosses will be on September 1st and there will be no more strike notices before that date.

That doesn’t rule out local on disputes on issues not related to pay, but does mean that there will be no widespread, nationwide strikes on the SNCF network over the summer.

Paris public transport – workers on the Paris public transport systems are also involved in a separate dispute about changes to changes to working conditions, this series of one-day actions has so far affected mostly the suburban Transilien trains and the RER network, but not the Metro. 


Truck drivers blockades – Drivers too are calling for wage increases in what is likely to be the first in a series of events – usually drivers protest by either blockading certain addresses such as business depots or staging opérations escargot – rolling roadblocks on major routes.

Service station strike – employees of French energy giant Total Energies are also in dispute over wages and staged a one-day strike in June. Employees of service stations run by Total Energies walked out, while others blockaded Total’s refineries so that deliveries of fuel could not get out. So far, there has been no notice filed of a second strike day. 


So far, most of the industrial action has centred on transport, which is one of the sectors that has the most impact on the daily life of both French residents and visitors. However there are other sectors that are involved in disputes over pay and conditions, notably healthcare. Staff at several hospitals have already staged industrial action – although for healthcare workers a grève involves staging protests outside the hospital, rather than walking out.

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Will pension strikes affect the Easter holidays in France?

The next planned strikes in France, in protest at the government’s controversial pension reforms, are scheduled for March 23rd - two weeks before the Easter holiday weekend - but will protests continue?

Will pension strikes affect the Easter holidays in France?

Unions have called for a day of “strong mobilisation” on Thursday, March 23rd. Precise details have yet to be announced, but it’s likely that Thursday will see major disruption. 

Beyond that date, no further protests have yet been announced.

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But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any further action – given the level of public anger aimed at the government, it seems almost certain further protests will follow – and, with the spring holidays approaching rapidly, it’s entirely possible they could be affected by further protests.

You can keep up to date with the latest in our strike section HERE

In Paris, striking waste collectors have been ordered back to work, but local authorities estimate it will take up to two weeks to shift the 9,000 tonnes of rubbish that piled up during the strike. It should, however, be all clear by April 3rd. 


Like February’s winter holidays – which stretched into March for about one-third of the country, the Spring school holidays in France are stretched over three overlapping two-week periods to avoid overcrowding at holiday resorts, and lengthen the holiday high-season for the tourism industry.

This year’s Spring holidays, which don’t all take in Easter, run from April 8th to March 9th, and break down as follows:

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Zone A: April 8th to April 24th (most schools will break up after classes on April 7th).

Zone B: April 15th to May 2nd.

Zone C: April 22nd to May 9th.

Meanwhile in the UK, school holidays in most areas start on April 3rd, so UK visitors will likely start arriving in France from March 31st for an Easter break. 

This year Easter Sunday falls on April 10th, with Monday, April 10th a public holiday in France. Good Friday is not a holiday for most of the country, apart from the historic Alsace-Lorraine area


France’s roads watchdog Bison Futé forecasts traffic jams are likely on several days during the Spring holiday period – notably on Good Friday, April 7th (which is not a public holiday across most of the country), and on Easter Monday, April 10th (which is a public holiday), when it predicts heavy traffic across large parts of the country.

Its traffic diary for 2023 also notes potential traffic issues in northwest France on Saturday, April 8th; around Greater Paris on April 21st and 22nd, and again on April 28th and 29th. Further travel issues are forecast around the Paris area on May 1st, and the long weekend from Friday May 5th to Monday, May 8th.

Airports, and ferry and rail services also expect to be busier than usual as holidaymakers head off for Easter breaks – which, in turn, makes them key targets for striking workers. So, if there are to be any strikes, expect them to focus on travel hubs.

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The long-range weather forecast predicts temperatures of between 7C and 16C in France for April, with no more than 3-8 days of the rain for the month.