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Paris Metro to run all night this weekend

In an attempt to transform the French capital into an all-night city, public transport will be running non-stop this weekend.

Paris Metro to run all night this weekend
Anyone wanting to stay out late this weekend will be able to take the Metro home. Photo: AFP

Joyous news for all late-nighters in Paris. In what will be the fourth edition of Nuit festive (Festive night), public transport will keep running all night this weekend.

Six Metro lines (1, 2, 5, 6, 9 and 14) and three of the city’s tramways (T2, T3a and T3b) will stay open from Saturday and into Sunday, with Metros running every 10 minutes.

About 50 Metro stations will stay open from 5.30am on Saturday until half past midnight on Sunday.

Here is a map of the lines running and the stations that will keep open:

 

The night bus Noctilien will also run more often than usual, with most buses running every half-hour instead of every hour.

In short, those wishing to stay out late in the capital this weekend will have plenty of options to choose from however late they drag themselves home. 

Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) launched the 'Festive night' initiative in a bid to revitalise the capital’s nightlife. 

This is the fourth 'Festive Night' since the trial period started on September 14th last year. The January edition was cancelled due to the then still ongoing transport strikes.

Each of these nights costs the IDFM about €600,000.

So far, night traffic has been moderate with between 14,000 and 17,000 late-night passengers registered between 2am and 5am the first three trial nights.

The IDFM will decide this spring whether to keep the initiative going on a permanent basis.

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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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