French rail strikes: How Thursday’s walkout will affect you

French rail workers are gearing up for another day of strikes on Thursday June 7th. Here's what you need to know about how train services will be affected.

French rail strikes: How Thursday's walkout will affect you
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Travellers in France are set to be hit by more travel headaches on Thursday as the rail strikes continue. 
Here's what we know about the disruption to services:
Seven TGV trains out of ten running
On the Atlantic line passengers can expect three trains out of four to be in operation while on TGV Est, nine trains out of ten will be in circulation and on TGV Nord four out of five trains will be running.
Internationally, traffic should be almost running as normal for Eurostar and Thalys trains. However no trains will be running on the France-Spain route.
One TER and Intercités out of two
Intercité traffic will also be disrupted this Thursday.
For example, on the Paris-Granville line only two out of five trains will be in circulation. There will be no trains running at night.
Meanwhile, TER passengers are advised to consult their dedicated regional site.
Services are expected to run as normal on RER A while on RER B one train out of every two will be running and passengers will have to change at Gare du Nord. 
Rail unions have carried out a series of two-day rolling strikes since the beginning of April to demonstrate their objections to plans to strip new SNCF recruits of jobs-for-life and early retirement, part of Macron's bid to reduce the SNCF's nearly €50 billion of debt.
The strikes have caused major travel headaches for the 4.5 million daily rail users in France although in general they have lost steam over the months of action. 




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French customs officers strike over job cuts

Customs officers across France will walk out on Thursday in protest at job cuts that unions say will “weaken the customs network”.

French customs officers strike over job cuts

The national strike on Thursday, March 10th is expected to lead to delays at ports, airports and on the Eurostar.

The strike, which will include a rally outside the National Assembly building in Paris, was called by the CFDT-Douane and has the support of other unions. 

A work-to-rule protest over pay and conditions by customs officers in 2019, under the shadow of Brexit, led to delays and disruption at airports, as well as ports including Calais and Dunkirk, and on Eurostar trains.

Unions are calling on the government to axe plans to switch responsibility for import duty collection to the Direction Générale des Finances Publiques by 2024, at the cost of 700 customs’ officer jobs – and, according to strikers, tens of billions of euros to State coffers.

“We are asking for the reforms to be stopped, mainly that of the transfer of taxation, which is disorganising the network with the elimination of nearly a thousand jobs,” CFDT-Douane’s secretary general David-Olivier Caron said.

The planned job cuts come after years of restructuring and streamlining that has seen thousands of positions disappear, the unions say, when customs fraud and smuggling is rising because of a lack of resources.