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Paris transport strike LATEST: How services are affected on Friday

People in Paris are advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary on Friday, as a massive strike is set to severely disrupt the public transport network. Here's a rundown of how services are affected.

Paris transport strike LATEST: How services are affected on Friday
Well over half of Paris Metro stations will be closed on Friday. Photo: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Unions are calling for a co-ordinated walk-out on Friday, February 18th, of workers on the capital’s RATP public transport network, in an ongoing dispute over pay.

The disruption will be severe, with the city’s revised strike timetable showing that more than half of Metro lines will not be running at all, with others running only during rush hour. Those services that do run are expected to be extremely busy.

Trams, buses and some RER suburban trains are also affected.

Transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari has called on anyone who can to work from home on Friday, while RATP is also advising people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The Transilien train network and remaining RER services – which are operated by national rail operator SNCF – are not affected.

The dispute is over annual pay increases, with unions saying that RATP’s proposed 0.4 percent is not enough to cover increases in the cost of living.

RATP has published its revised strike timetable with the following services; 

Metro

Lines 1 and 14, which are automated, will run as normal but are likely to be extremely busy. The Orly-Val shuttle service to Orly airport will also run as normal.

On Line 1 the following stations will be closed – Reuilly-Diderot, Bastille, Hôtel de Ville and Concorde

Lines 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 13 will run only during rush hours – 6.30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Line 3 – will run only between Pont Levallois and Havre-Caumartin, with 1 in 4 of the normal services running. The Villiers station is closed.

Line 4 – half normal service with stations closed; Marcadet-Poissonniers, Barbès-Rochechouart, Gare de l’Est, Strasbourg Saint-Denis, Saint-Placide, Raspail, Alésia

Line 6  – will be running only between Nation and Place d’Italie, 1 in 3 of normal service

Line 9 – 1 in 3 of normal service. Stations closed; Exelmans, Jasmin, Alma-Marceau, Charonne, Maraichers, République, Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, Grands Boulevards, Trocadéro, Michel-Ange-Molitar

Line 11 – One train in four is operating at peak hours. Hôtel de Ville, République, et Arts et Métiers stations are closed.

Line 12 – Trains will run only between Mairie d’Issy and Montparnasse-Bienvenüe. Pasteur station is closed

Line 13 – 1 in 3 of normal service. Stations closed; Pernety, Duroc, Varenne, Invalides, Liège, Place du Clichy, Brochant, Garibaldi

Lines 2, 3bis, 5, 7bis, 8, and 10 – no services on these lines

Graphic: RATP Group / Twitter

RER

RER lines A and B – the line that runs into the city from Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports – will be affected, with services running between 5.30am and 12midnight. 

They will be running half the normal services during rush hours and 1 in 3 normal services the rest of the day.

RER B will involve changing at Gare du Nord.

Trams

Trams will be running 1 in 3 an average of their normal services with limited service times

Line 1 – half normal services. Service only between 6.30am and 12noon and 3pm and 9pm

Line 2 – 1 service in 3. Service only between 6am and 10.45am and 4.30pm and 8.45pm

Line 3a – 2 service in 3. Service only between Pont du Garigliano and Porte d’Ivry and only between 6.30am and 10.30am and 4pm and 8.30pm

Line 3b – half normal service. Service only between Porte de Vincennes and Porte de la Chapelle and only between 7.30am and 9.30am and 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Line 5 – half normal service. Service only between 5.30am and 9.30am and 3.30pm and 7.30pm

Line 6 – half normal service. Service between 6am and 9pm

Line 7 – half normal service. Service between 6.30am and 12.30pm and 2.30pm and 8.30pm

Buses

On average, 2 in 3 of the normal bus services will be running, but routes and lines may vary

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Paris street art legend Miss.Tic dies aged 66

Miss.Tic, whose provocative work began cropping up in the Montmartre neighbourhood of Paris in the mid-80s and made her a pioneer of French street art, died on Sunday aged 66, her family told AFP.

Paris street art legend Miss.Tic dies aged 66

Radhia Novat grew up in the narrow streets in the shadow of Sacre-Coeur basilica, the daughter of a Tunisian father and a mother from Normandy in western France, where she began stencilling sly and emancipatory slogans.

Her family said she had died of an unspecified illness.

Other French street artists paid tribute to her work.

On Twitter, street artist Christian Guemy, alias C215, hailed “one of the founders of stencil art”. The walls of the 13th arrondissement of Paris – where her images are a common sight – “will never be the same again”, he wrote.

Another colleague, “Jef Aerosol” said she had fought her final illness with courage, in a tribute posted on Instagram.

And France’s newly appointed Culture Minister, Rima Abdul Malak, saluted her “iconic, resolutely feminist” work.

Miss.Tic’s work often included clever wordplays — almost always lost in translation — and a heroine with flowing black hair who resembled the artist herself. The images became fixtures on walls across the capital.

Miss. Tic with some examples of her work. Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP

“I had a background in street theatre, and I liked this idea of street art,” Miss.Tic said in a 2011 interview.

“At first I thought, ‘I’m going to write poems’. And then, ‘we need images’ with these poems. I started with self-portraits and then turned towards other women,” she said.

Miss.Tic also drew the attention of law enforcement over complaints of defacing public property, leading to an arrest in 1997.

But her works came to be shown in galleries in France and abroad, with some acquired by the Paris modern art fund of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, according to her website.

And cinema buffs will recognise her work on the poster for Claude Chabrol’s 2007 film “La fille coupee en deux” (“A Girl Cut in Two”).

For a spell she was a favourite of fashion brands such as Kenzo and Louis Vuitton.

“So often it’s not understood that you can be young and beautiful and have things to say,” she told AFP in 2011.

“But it’s true that they sell us what they want with beautiful women. So I thought, I’m going to use these women to sell them poetry.”

Her funeral, the date of which is still to be announced, will be open to the public, said her family.

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