Travellers face long queues at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Friday as security officers go on strike for 24 hours. Airport authorities however say flights should leave on time.

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Paris airport security staff go on strike

Travellers face long queues at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Friday as security officers go on strike for 24 hours. Airport authorities however say flights should leave on time.

Paris airport security staff go on strike
Photo: Alexis Cousteau

Airport security officers were going on strike to protest staff cuts and demand pay hikes on Friday. Trade unions also claim management is recruiting officers who don’t have the appropriate qualifications, an allegation aiirport authorities have denied.

40 percent of officers were on strike in the terminal 2S where long queues were forming on Friday morning, newswire AFP reports. A group of about 30 officers demonstrated with banners in the terminal.

They say they regret being an inconvenience to travellers who are leaving for their Christmas holidays, but insist management is not addressing their claims.

School Christmas holidays start on Friday evening this year and many French families plan to leave Friday night or Saturday morning.

Airport authorities say the strike will have no impact on flights which should leave on time. Travellers are however advised to arrive early.

Officers were planning to demonstrate on Friday morning at the Charles de Gaulle airport.

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

READ ALSO 6 ways to get around Paris without the Metro

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