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Revealed: The hottest Metro line in Paris

While the streets of Paris continue to bake in the heatwave, temperatures can also get pretty high on the city's transport network.

Revealed: The hottest Metro line in Paris
Photo: AFP

French newspaper Le Parisien sent one of their reporters – presumably one who was in the doghouse with the editor – onto the Metro with a thermometer to find out which line is the hottest of all.

The Paris Metro has three types of cooling system, some lines have cooled air circulating, some use fans to simply circulate the hit air and some just have ventilation grills.

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The hottest Metro line as shown by the newspaper's informal test was unsurprisingly one of the uncooled ones.

Line 6 – running from Charles de Gaulle-Etoile in the east to Nation in the west – was shown as the hottest, recording a temperature of 31.4C in the middle of the morning.

But the hottest temperature recorded on the RATP network was on RER line B, where temperatures were up to 32.4C.

To watch the full video of the Metro temperature test, click here.

 

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Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed

Striking airport workers have blocked part Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with some flights already delayed by at least one hour.

Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed
Striking airport workers outside Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP

Last month, trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) – the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports – called for a strike between July 1st and July 5th in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

A second wave of protests are expected next week, after a strike notice was filed for July 9th.

Tensions mounted on Friday morning as some 400 protesters staged a raucous demonstration at CDG’s terminal 2E, which mostly deals with flights outside the Schengen zone, as police officers looked on.

At Orly airport, meanwhile, some 250 people demonstrated “outside”, while a small group was inside.

The dispute is over a long-term plan by ADP to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.

The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.

Unions say that staff face dismissal if they do not sign the new contracts.

ADP said on Wednesday that it expected ‘slight delays for some flights but no cancellations’ to services – but it urged travellers to follow its social media operations for real-time updates.

On Thursday, the first day of action, 30 percent of flights were delayed between 15 minutes and half-an-hour.

ADP’s CEO Augustin de Romanet had said on Tuesday that ‘everything would be done to ensure no flight is cancelled’. 

ADP reported a loss of €1.17 billion in 2020. 

Stressing that discussions are continuing over the proposed new contracts, the CEO called for “an effort of solidarity, with a red line: no forced layoffs.”

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