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UPDATE: How Paris transport will be hit by Thursday's pension strike

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UPDATE: How Paris transport will be hit by Thursday's pension strike
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Public transport including flights will be extremely disrupted on Thursday, the first day of strikes against proposed French pension reform - here's what will be running in Paris.


Workers all over France will be walking out on Thursday, January 19th in what unions say will be the "first day of mobilisation" in their battle against Emmanuel Macron's plans to reform the French pension system.

You can find service disruptions for the whole country HERE.

In Paris, disruption will be centred on public transport, and operator RATP has released details of the services.

Transport minister Clément Beaune has suggested that people "work from home where possible".

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Around one in five flights in and out of Paris' Orly airport will be cancelled. Information has not yet been released for Charles de Gaulle airport.


On the Metro, lines 8, 10 and 11 will be closed all day.

Lines 1 and 14, which are driverless, will run as normal but are likely to be extremely crowded.

Line 4 will be running half of its normal services during rush hour and a quarter of normal service for the rest of the day.

The rest of the lines will be running services only at rush hour (7.30am-9.30am and 4.30pm to 7.30pm) and many stations are closed

  • Line 2 - 1 train in 5, rush hours only
  • Line 3 - 1 train in 2, rush hour only and only between Pone de Levallois-Bécon and Pereire.
  • Line 5 - 1 train in 2, rush hours only and only between Bobigny-Pablo Picasso and Gare du Nord
  • Line 6 - 1 train in 4, rush hours only and only between Nation and Denfert-Rocherau. The Place d'Italie station will be closed
  • Line 7 bis - 1 train in 2, rush hours only. Place des Fêtes station closed
  • Line 7 - 1 train in 5, rush hours only. Gare de l'Est, Cadet, Opéra, Jussieu, Place d'Italie and Tolbiac stations closed
  • Line 9 - 1 train in 2, rush hours only. Michel-Ange, Molitar, Trocadéro, Miromesnil, Richelieu-Drouot, Grands-Boulevards, Strasbourg-St-Denis, République and Oberkampf stations closed
  • Line 12 - 1 train in 3, rush hours only. Pasteur, Montparnasse-Bienvenue, Sèvres-Babylone and Pigalle stations closed
  • Line 13 - 1 train in 3, rush hours only and only between Saint-Denis-Université and Saint-Lazare. Place de Clichy station closed. 



The trains on RER line B - which connects Paris to its two airports - will be running half the normal services during rush hour and one third of normal services for the rest of the day. Services will stop at Gare du Nord. Last service from Chatelet at 9.50pm.

RER line A will be running half of normal services during rush hour and one quarter the rest of the day. Last service from Chatelet at 9pm.

RER lines C, D et E and Transilien lines J, K, L, N and P will be running 1 in 10 of their normal services and line R will be totally closed.


Trams will be running fewer services than normal

  • T1 - 4 trains out of 5 of the normal service
  • T2 - 2 in 3 trains
  • T3a - 3 in 4 trains
  • T3b - 2 trains in 3
  • T5 - 1 train in 2
  • T7 - 2 trains in 3


On average, two thirds of the normal bus services will run.


SNCF trains

If you're planning a trip in or out of Paris on the SNCF national rail network, there will also be severe disruption.

Across the country train services will be severely disrupted, with virtually no Intercité trains running.

On the high-speed TGV services there will be 1 in 3 of normal services running in the south-east, 1 in 4 in the east and 1 in 5 on the Atlantique axis, which covers south west France. The budget Ouigo lines will be running 1 in 3 of their normal services.

The local TER services will be the worst affected, with an average of 1 in 10 of normal services.

Other services

Across the country, teachers will strike - around 70 percent are expected to walk out on Thursday - as well as public service workers such as local government employees and health workers.

In the culture sector, workers at many theatres and music venues will strike, and bank staff are also expected to walk out.

Trains, planes, theatres and schools: The services affected by Thursday’s French pension strike

Thursday is billed as the 'first day' of strikes and more are expected to follow - keep up to date with our strike calendar HERE.

You can also get the lowdown on the strikes in France and what might happen over the coming days and weeks in the latest episode of our free podcast Talking France.

You can download it on Apple, Spotify and Google here.

We will update this story as more detail is released


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