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Tell Us: What is your favourite part of the French coastline?

France is home to many beautiful beaches, each with something special to offer. But which is number one? The Local is asking readers for their input on determining the best part of France's coastline. Fill out the survey below to give your opinion:

Tell Us: What is your favourite part of the French coastline?
This aerial picture taken on July 31, 2022 shows walkers on the beach in front of the cliffs in Fecamp, northwestern France. (Photo by Lou BENOIST / AFP)

In this week’s episode of Talking France, Emma Pearson and Genevieve Mansfield argue over which is the best part of the French coastline.

Help us settle the debate by filling out this survey on what you consider to be the top coastal location in France – and what you would recommend to see and do there.

Do you love the Mediterranean? Are you a Brittany fan? Or is the Basque country your seaside favourite? 

Keep in mind, your responses could be used in a future article.

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TRAVEL NEWS

French rail workers threaten more strikes over Christmas holidays

The month of December could be impacted by more strike action on French rail services, as unions threaten to walk out over the Christmas and New Year weekends.

French rail workers threaten more strikes over Christmas holidays

After a three-day strike between December 2nd and 4th that saw around 60 percent of services cancelled on the first day, conductors and ticket collectors have filed notice threatening to strike December 23rd to 26th and December 30th to January 2nd.

There are also separate calls for strike action on Wednesday, December 7th.

December 7th

Three unions (CGT, Sud-Rail and the CFDT) representing train drivers have called for a strike on Wednesday, in a joint memo. They are calling for a “united strike” ahead of a key meeting on Thursday between unions and bosses involved in a pay negotiation.

The statement published by the three unions says that the strike period will run from December 6th at 8pm to December 8th at 8am. According to Actu France, this movement could also affect Transilien lines in the Paris region.

Detailed information regarding the strike timetables, including which trains would be affected, should be available at least 24 hours in advance.

Christmas and New Year’s strikes

Unions have also filed strike notice for the Christmas (December 23rd to 26th) and New Year (December 30th to January 2nd), with the hopes of putting additional pressure on management. However, this is not yet confirmed, as it will depend on the results of the meetings, which will run from December 8th to the 22nd.

READ MORE: Strikes, prices and services – what you need to know about Christmas travel to France

“We will have fifteen days to reopen a dialogue and reach an agreement,” Nicolas Limon, a spokesperson for the inter-union National Collective ASCT, told AFP. “We will do our utmost to ensure that there is no strike at Christmas time.”

Why are rail workers striking?

According to Limon, the issue is that train conductors and ticket collectors are “not considered in the same way train drivers are, even though we work three weekends a month and sleep away from home ten nights a month.” 

Conductors and ticket collectors are also seeking salary increases and for bonuses to be included in the basic salary structure so that they can be taken into account in the calculation of retirement payments.

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