Paris transport users to get compensation after strikes

Metro, train and bus users in the Paris region, who were affected by the pension strikes in spring, may be eligible for refunds. You can apply starting Wednesday, July 5th.

Paris transport users to get compensation after strikes
A board displaying the closure of the Montparnasse metro station in Paris, early morning of January 19, 2023, as workers went on strike over French President's plan to raise the legal retirement age from 62 to 64. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

If you were affected by the pension strike action on the Paris region’s public transport system between January and April, then you may be entitled to a refund, according to transport provider Île-de-France Mobilités. 

Anyone holding a monthly or annual Navigo card, a reduced price card (either 50 or 75 percent discount), as well as students who benefit from Imagine R cards and seniors with the ‘Navigo Senior’ option who was affected by the repeated strikes in the early months of 2023 can qualify. 

More than two million passengers are expected to be eligible, as 29 lines on Ile-de-France public transport services failed to offer minimal services throughout the strike period in early 2023.

If you experienced one to three days of disruption – meaning your line or route did not offer minimal services – then you can qualify for a minimum refund of €10.

For those who encountered over four days worth of disruption, a reimbursement of €2.80 will be awarded for each day that minimum service (33 percent) was not offered, in addition to a 10 flat-rate amount to help compensate for ‘hardship suffered by commuters’.

In total, passengers impacted will be able to benefit from between €10 to €91.30 worth of reimbursement. 

To access your reimbursement and apply for it, Île-de-France Mobilités will launch a dedicated platform on July 5th. For those with annual or monthly plans, you may be able to receive the refund  will receive the refund automatically.

Keep in mind, you will be required to prove that you hold one of the Navigo packages listed above and that you held it between January and April 2023, as well as proof that you were personally impacted by specific routes considered to have failed to offer minimum services.

You can find the list of lines and routes that qualify HERE.

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Paris petanque paradise makes pitch to avoid eviction

A storied Paris petanque club on Tuesday argued in court against a city eviction order, hoping to stay put in a private garden coveted by its boutique hotel neighbour.

Paris petanque paradise makes pitch to avoid eviction

For 50 years, the leafy haven at the top of the Montmartre district has housed the Lepic-Abbesses Petanque Club (CLAP) and its 257 members, fans of France’s national bowling pastime.

The players oversee the upkeep of the 765 square metres of grounds, a rare remnant of the vegetation that once covered the butte, with the city giving tacit approval by hooking up water and electricity.

Even amid rapid gentrification and a surge of tourism the club maintained its Montmartre village vibe.

But last year, city officials warned the nonprofit club that it was squatting the site without any authorisation, and said it would consider rival projects for use of the public land.

The CLAP says its the victim of the luxury Hotel Particulier adjacent to the site, whose owner is a former club member who wants his own private garden.

The hotel recently was given a 12-year contract to operate the site, which the club vowed to fight in court.

“No work was ever done on the site” by the city, the club’s lawyer Sebastien Le Briero told the Paris administrative court, insisting that the club was the de-facto occupant ensuring a rare green space in the area.

Lawyers for the city countered that no contracts were ever signed, and that games lasting into the night, helped along with clubhouse beers, had prompted noise complaints.

More than 7,000 people have signed an online petition to save the CLAP, calling it an essential part of Montmartre, which is hoping to join UNESCO’s ranks of protected World Heritage Sites.

“We want to keep the site in its current state, while opening it up as much as possible to the neighbourhood,” Maxime Liogier, the club’s communications manager, told AFP during an open house to rally support last November.

The judge’s ruling is expected on September 25.