Good to Know: Strikes in Paris starting Thursday.
Please share this post with others traveling to and around France this week.
WHEN: Thursday, January 19th. But it is expected to last longer, with oil workers announcing dates into early February.
WHO: This is an all-trades "blackout" strike that includes oil refineries, railways, metros in multiple major cities, air travel, road transport, schools, public employees, police, cultural centers, French television, ski resorts, & banks.
WHAT will happen? For now, we know that:
° Oil refineries - Their strike will create fuel blockades & shutdown refinery facilities. Similar blockades in October 2022 created significant problems, with gas stations running dry and drivers queuing for hours to fill up.
TIP 1: If you have a car or rent one, please ensure the tank is full.
° Railways & Metro - All trains and metros will cease operation. The CGT-RATP said their goal was to have a “strong mobilisation of workers” and achieve “zero transport.”
TIP 2: Plan to walk everywhere you go during this strike, and do not rely on taxis. I have noticed that there are already almost no taxis available on G7. I would not expect drivers to be available.
° Air travel - A strike notice has been filed at Air France & airport employees also plan to strike, affecting services such as check-in, security checks & baggage handling.
TIP 3: Monitor your flights closely and expect delays at the airport - arrive early.
° Cultural venues - Multiple theaters, operas & other venues will be striking.
TIP 4: Check to make sure your event has not been canceled.
° And for residents - The mairies, prefectures, & banks will be closed.
WHY: France’s Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne announced on Tuesday the government’s plan to reform the pension system, including raising the pension age from 62 to 64.
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