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LATEST: How March pension strikes will affect Paris

Unions are ramping up actions in their battle against French pension reforms, promising to "bring France to a halt" - here's how this will affect Paris on Tuesday and the rest of the week.

LATEST: How March pension strikes will affect Paris
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Tuesday, March 7th marks the resumption of strike action in the ongoing battle against French pension reform, but unlike the previous one-day actions, some unions have declared ‘rolling’ strikes, meaning that disruption is likely to continue in the days to come.

You can find the full national roundup of strike actions HERE and a look at how drivers will be affected HERE, but here’s what we know about how the strikes will affect life in Paris. 

Public transport

Workers on the city’s RATP public transport network have declared a rolling strike, so disruption will continue through the week.

At present we have only the detailed timetables for Tuesday, but revised strike timetables will be published at 5pm each day for the following day’s services. Keep up with all the latest developments in our strike section HERE.

Metro

All of the city’s Metro lines will run on Tuesday, at least for part of the day, but services will be limited. Those lines that do run are likely to be busier than usual.

  • Lines 1 and 14, which are automated, will run as normal but are likely to be very busy
  • Line 6 will run between 5.30am and 8pm, with 1 train in 3 of the normal services during rush hour and 1 in 4 the rest of the day
  • Lines 2, 5, 7, 7bis, 9 and 10 will run only during rush hour (6.30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 7.30pm) with an average of 1 in 3 of the normal services
  • Lines 3, 11, 12 and 13 will run only during rush hour, with an average of 1 in 3 of the normal services and limited service along the lines. Line 3 will run only between Pont de Levellois and Havre-Caumartin, line 11 will run only between Mairie des Lilas and Belleville, line 12 will run only between Mairie d’Issy and Concorde and line 13 will run only to Duroc.
  • Lines 3bis and 8 will run only during the morning rush hour, with 1 in 3 of normal services. Line 8 will run only between Créteil-Pointe du Lac and Reuilly-Diderot.
  • The OrlyVal shuttle to Orly airport will not be running at all.

Tram

On the tram network all lines will be running and T6 will run as normal. T1, T2 and T8 will have 3 in 4 of the normal services, T3b will have 2 in 3, T3a and T5 will have 3 in 5 of normal services and T7 will have half the normal services.

Bus

On the bus network three quarters of the normal services will run and the Noctilien night bus network will run as normal.

RER/Transilien

On the suburban rail network services will be limited, but all lines are open

  • RER A will run half its normal services, stopping at 9pm
  • RER B – which connects Paris to its two airports – will run half its normal services at rush hour and 1 in 3 the rest of the day, with services stopping at 9.50pm.
  • RER C will run 1 in 5 services with no trains between Paris-Austerlitz and Pontoise, or Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and Versailles-Rives-Gauche
  • RER D will run 1 in 5 services with no trains between Châtelet and Gare du Lyon
  • RER E will run 1 service in 10 with no trains between Pantin and Haussmann-Saint-Lazare
  • Transilien lines H, K and U will run 1 in 3 services; with the Gare du Nord connection suspended
  • Lines J, L, N and R will run 1 service in 5
  • Line P will run 1 service in 10 with a limited route

Flights – air traffic controllers will strike on March 7th and March 8th, with 20 percent of flights in and out of Paris Charles de Gaulle airport cancelled and 30 percent of flights cancelled in and out of Paris Orly and Beauvais. Airport workers at Charles de Gaulle also intend to hold a picket at Terminal 2E.

Trains/Eurostar – national and international rail services in and our of the capital will see severe disruption – full details here.

Waste collection – garbage workers belonging to the CGT union have declared a rolling strike that will continue throughout the week. The CGT does not represent all city waste collectors but is the largest union, so expect to see plenty of uncollected bins.

Schools – teaching unions have declared a one-day strike on March 7th, although some teachers will continue their action into March 8th. March 9th will see a day of demonstrations from students and pupils that will include blockading some schools. 

Roadblocks – lorry drivers are involved in this week’s strike action for the first time during these protests and have declared their intention to create blockades around the outskirts of the city, particularly targeting industrial estates and entry routes to the city.

Roadblocks and roundabout protests – how strikes will affect drivers 

Refinery blockades – employees at the country’s oil refineries are also staging strikes and blockades, with the intention of blocking fuel supplies for filling stations. However French media report that filling stations are currently well stocked with petrol/gasoline and diesel, so it’s unlikely that we will see shortages this week.

Deliveroo and other delivery services – since winning status as employees (rather than self-employed) drivers for delivery platforms such as Deliveroo and UberEats have also gained union representation. CGT Transports, the largest union among delivery workers, is calling on them to strike on March 7th. However as this is their first strike call, it is difficult to know how many workers will support it.

Tourist attractions – such as galleries and the Eiffel Tower will open as normal.

Demos – as with the previous one-day actions, demos are planned across France on Tuesday, March 7th. In Paris, the procession will meet at 2pm at Sèvres-Babylone and march toward Place d’Italie.

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Olympic pay strike to ‘severely disrupt’ Paris public transport on Tuesday

A Tuesday rail strike over bonuses for Paris' July-August Olympic Games period will leave just one in five suburban commuter trains running on some lines in the French capital, operator SNCF have warned.

Olympic pay strike to 'severely disrupt' Paris public transport on Tuesday

Traffic will be “very severely disrupted”, SNCF said, with certain lines suspended outside peak hours.

The operator’s Transilien Paris regional network has urged people to work from home or find alternate transport on Tuesday, which follows a Monday public holiday.

Rail workers’ unions are pressuring SNCF in negotiations over bonuses for working through the Olympic period.

Their counterparts at transport operator RATP, which runs metro and bus services in Paris, have already secured an average 1,000-euro ($1,086) bonus, reaching up to 2,500 euros for the most in-demand train and bus drivers.

“We thought the talks were dragging on a bit and wanted to provoke something,” Fabien Villedieu of the SUD-Rail union told AFP on Friday.

“We have a heavy workload with 4,500 additional trains in August, so a whole range of our colleagues won’t be able to go on holiday,” he added.

Strikes and threats of industrial action during the Games have marked the months leading up to the event, including from rubbish collectors and government and medical workers.

Rubbish collectors this month won a pay rise on top of an Olympic bonus, heading off multiple days of walkouts flagged for later in May and over the period of the Games.

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