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Metro chaos: What you need to know about Paris public transport strikes on Friday

Unions are staging a mass walk-out on Friday in a row over pensions, which will have a severe effect on the Metro, bus and RER transport network in Paris. Here's what you need to know.

Metro chaos: What you need to know about Paris public transport strikes on Friday
Conditions are expected to be extremely difficult on public transport. Photo: AFP

1. Ten of the capital's Metro lines will be closed completely with no trains running at all. The closed lines are 2, 3, 3bis, 5, 6, 7bis, 10, 11, 12 and 13 

2. The remaining lines will have some trains running but will still have severe disruptions.

On line 9 there will be no trains at all between Franklin-Roosevelt and Nation and on the rest of the line only one in four trains will be running.

On lines four and seven, one in three trains of the normal timetable will be running while on line eight services will only be running between Créteil Pointe du Lac and Reiilly Diderot – with one train in three – while the rest of the line is closed.

Lines one and 14 – which are automated – will be running as normal but are likely to be extremely busy.

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During the daytime there will be no trains at all on RER line B – which connects Paris to Charles de Gaulle airport. Photo: AFP

3. On the RER suburban train services there will be no trains at all on lines A and B in the off-peak hours (between 9.30am and 5pm). During peak times (between 6.30am and 9.30am and 5pm and 8pm) there will be one train in three on line A and one train in five on line B. Lines C, D and E and the Transiliens are all running as normal, as these are operated by SNCF not RATP.

4. If you were hoping to escape the chaos by taking a bus, you might be out of luck. Although no bus routes are closed entirely the service will also be heavily disrupted and RATP says that overall, only one bus in three of the normal timetable will be running.

 

5. The city's tram system will also see significant disruption. Lines T1, T2, T3a, T6, T7 and T8, will have no trams at all during the off-peak hours (9.30am to 5.20pm) and one tram in three of the normal services during peak hours. The T3bis and T5 lines will be running all day, but with only half the normal number of trams.

Travellers are warned that even those services that are running are likely to be extremely busy as commuters seek alternatives to their usual routes. RATP has warned people against travelling on the public transport unless absolutely necessary.

Changes could still be made to services on Friday as the scale of the walk-outs becomes clear, so passengers are advised to check the RATP website for updates before they travel.

 

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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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