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Unions on the capital’s public transport community introduced on Thursday that they’d continue their strike at the very least till the top of Tuesday, December 17th, but plainly extra of the workers are returning to work, as there’s a vital enhance in the variety of companies working on Friday.

On the Metro, traces 1 and 14 – that are automated – continue to run as regular as they’ve been doing all through the strike (with some extraordinarily crowded companies – the photographs and video under have been taken at Châtelet station through the morning rush hour on Wednesday and Thursday).



But a number of different traces are additionally again working, albeit with diminished companies.

Lines 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 11 are working rush hour companies (between 6.30am and 9am and 4.30pm and seven.30pm) with fewer trains than regular working.

Lines 2, 3bis, 5, 6, 7bis, 10, 12 and 13 all stay closed.

On the tram community 4 companies are actually again to regular – 2, 5, 6 and eight – whereas 7 is working all day, but with a diminished service. Lines 1, 3a and 3b are working morning and night solely, with diminished companies.

The RER suburban practice companies are nonetheless working a diminished service at rush hour solely, but on the buses half of all the standard companies are working on Friday.

Although earlier than anybody will get too optimistic, companies on the weekend are once more prone to be minimal as RATP concentrates the sources it has on getting commuters to work and again.

Full particulars shall be launched at 5pm on Friday.

If you are planning a visit to Paris for the weekend and need to come by automobile, it is value noting that Paris site visitors – particularly throughout rush hour – has been significantly heavier than regular through the strike, particularly on the outskirts of the town, so it will be clever to plan forward and attempt to keep away from the busy instances.

Strikes in France continue on Friday but Paris transport turmoil eases...slightly 1


On the railways throughout the nation the state of affairs is basically the identical, with round 80 % of companies cancelled.

Overall 25 % of excessive pace TGV trains are working, and roughly the identical variety of Intercité companies, but the TER native trains are the worst hit with simply 4 in 10 companies working, lots of these with substitute bus service.


Flights are once more unaffected and though blockades continue at some oil depots round France, provides of gas are nonetheless getting by way of.

There are nonetheless fairly a number of petrol stations across the nation which are both low on gas or closed although – so verify this interactive map earlier than you set out and ensure you replenish the tank when you possibly can.

Friday isn’t a ‘demo day’ so there are not any protests or marches deliberate, as a substitute unions are concentrating their efforts on one other ‘day of protest’ which has been referred to as for Tuesday, December 17th.

This day may also see some extra one-day strikes by unions similar to instructing unions, that are fiercely against the federal government’s pension plans but haven’t declared limitless strikes in the identical means because the transport staff.

While there isn’t a quick finish in sight to the battle, France’s finance minister Bruno le Maire struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday, telling a French radio station that there was “room for negotiating”.

Anyone pinning their hopes on a collapse in help for the strikers among the many French inhabitants is prone to be upset, nevertheless, as a ballot by the Elabe institute launched Thursday discovered France evenly divided over the pension reforms, with 50 % of respondents approving and 49 % in opposition to.

But the ballot additionally discovered that 54 % rejected the proposed “pivot age” of 64 for a full pension, and 54 % supported the unions’ protest.



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