VIDEO: Desperate French passengers climb through windows onto packed trains

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VIDEO: Desperate French passengers climb through windows onto packed trains

If you want to get an idea of the impact of the train strikes in France then these videos give you a sense of the difficulties passengers have to get on the few trains that are running.


The videos posted on Twitter show passengers climbing through open windows to get on a train.

They were apparently taken on the RER D commuter line in Paris which has been badly hit by the rail strike in the past two days. In one of the images a man can be seen passing his child through the window of the train to another passenger before climbing in.

The person who tweeted the clip wrote: "What are you doing for your country today? I'm helping people get on the RER D through the window".

Another video shows 

The video below claims to show people climbing through the windows of an RER D train at Melun.  "It's crazy," wrote the tweeter.

Most of the trains that have been operating in France over the last two days have been packed to the rafters, especially those carrying commuters to Paris's main rail stations.

Passengers were even crossing over tracks to avoid packed platforms, which as the video below shows proved hazardous.

And when train departures are announced passengers know they'll have to make a run for it if they want to get on.

Or with hordes of passengers to get the last train to Amiens, as seen in the video below.

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