LATEST: One fifth of flights in France to be cancelled on Tuesday due to strike action

Airlines have again been asked to cancel 20 percent of flights going to, from or over France on Tuesday December 10th as major strike action against pension reforms continue.

LATEST: One fifth of flights in France to be cancelled on Tuesday due to strike action
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The French civil aviation authority the DGAC has again asked airlines to cancel 20 percent of their flights on Tuesday, December 10th as strike action over pension reforms continue.

Flights had returned more or less to normal over the weekend after being disrupted on Thursday and Friday – the first days of the strike against President Emmanuel Macron's planned pensions overhaul.

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But on Monday afternoon the DGAC confirmed that it had again asked airlines to alter their schedules.


Airline ground crew at Air France are joining mass strike action in protest at plans to reform the French pension system – a move that unions fear will leave workers worse off and having to longer. The official retirement age in France is 62.

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One of the French air traffic controllers unions – although not the main one – has joined the strike, meaning any flight that enters French airspace is potentially affected.

Flights to the two Paris airports – Charles de Gaulle, Orly plus nearby Beauvais – are affected by the cancellations, as well as Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux and Toulouse.

When flights were hit mast week it was mainly internal flights or short haul international flights that were affected by the strike. Long-haul international flights were not affected.

On December 5th Air France were forced to cancel 30 percent of internal flights in France as well as 15 percent of short to medium haul international flights.

Low-cost airline Easyjet were forced to cancel 233 flights to, from and over France.

Anyone flying in to Paris on strike days should also be aware that public transport to and from the airports is badly affected.

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Many unions have declared 'unlimited' strike action as they battle plans to reform and streamline the current, highly complicated system.


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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.