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Paris Metro prices to rise – but only for people using paper tickets

Fares on the Paris Metro are to rise from Friday - but only for people who still use the paper tickets.

Paris Metro prices to rise - but only for people using paper tickets
The price of paper Metro tickets is to rise. Photo: AFP

In an effort to persuade more people to use the paperless Metro options – the Navigo passes or the ViaNavigo app which turns your smartphone into a ticket – transport bosses are increasing the prices of the books of 10 paper tickets.

From Friday, November 1st the price of a carnet of 10 paper tickets will rise from €14.90 to €16.90 – a rise of 13 percent. 

Individual paper tickets will still be sold at €1.90.

The price of the airport bus services Orlybus and Roissybus are also increasing – but again only for people who buy the paper tickets. The Orlybus ticket rises from €8.30 to €9.50, while Roissybus goes from €12 to €13.70.

Transport bosses in Paris are hoping to eventually phase out paper tickets altogether and have recently launched several new paperless options.

In the summer the Navigo Easy was launched, intended for people who are occasional Metro users. For €2 you get a reusable plastic top-up card, which you can then load up with either single tickets or books of 10 to use as and when you need them.

The ViaNavigo app was launched in September and works in the same way, but is an app, enabling people to buy tickets on their smartphone then swipe the phone over the Metro ticket machines. In bad news for iPhone users, however, Apple has declined to take part in the scheme, so at present the app can only be used on android phones.

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Transport bosses are hoping to eventually phase out paper tickets altogether. Photo: The Local

Valérie Pécresse, in charge of the Île de France transport network, told French newspaper Le Parisien: “To preserve the environment, I want to gradually eliminate the magnetic strip Metro ticket, which takes a year to break down
 
“In the second half of 2020, I would like to stop the sale of the T+ books of 10 tickets in cardboard.
 
“That's why I decided to accelerate the transition to smartphone or card-based tickets, such as Navigo Easy and soon Navigo Liberté +, by giving them a price advantage.”
 
 

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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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