Overnight on Monday nearly 50,000 households in Bordeaux had no electricity and on Tuesday morning 40,000 homes in Lyon lost power.
Unions have confirmed that the cuts were deliberate, and have threatened more to come unless the government backs down on its plans to reform the French pension system.
Coupures d'#électricité à #lyon 3, #Lyon 6, @villeCaluire @villeurbanne en cours. Ces coupures seraient volontaires et liées au mouvement social actuel. Nos équipes mobilisées avec pour une réalimentation au plus vite. Plus d'infos à venir
— RTE AuvergneRh.Alpes (@RTE_aura) December 17, 2019
The CGT union – one of the most hardline unions involved in the strike – confirmed that its members were behind the cuts – and warned that there could be more to follow.