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French strike - a survival guide

Video by Nicolas GERMAIN

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-03-18

If you're travelling in France on Thursday, you need to know how to survive the nationwide transport strike. FRANCE 24 offers the latest info and tips on how to get around.

By air:


Long-haul Air France flights to destinations outside Europe will take off and land as usual.


Air France plans on cancelling 30 percent of domestic and European flights landing or taking off at Orly airport, compared to 10% at Roissy Charles de Gaulle.


Check the Paris airport website or call 3950 in France.


Other airlines should be flying as usual.


By rail:

TGV Nord: 65% of trains should be running
TGV Atlantic et South-East: 50%
TGV East: service as usual
No interregional TGVs will be running
EUROSTAR Paris to London: service as usual
THALYS Paris-Brussels Amsterdam Cologne: service as usual
CORAIL (national): 30%
CORAIL INTERCITES (regional trains): 40%


In Paris and suburbs:

Transilien trains at Gare de l'Est: 65% of trains should be running
Transilien trains at Montparnasse station: 50%
Transilien trains at Lyon, Nord and Saint-Lazare stations: 35%
TER: approx. 40% trains should be running

For the latest updates go to or call 0805 90 36 35 ("grandes lignes" trains and TER trains), 0805 700 805 (Transilien trains)


Metro and suburban (RER):

Lines 1 and 14: running as usual
Lines 4 and 13: 75% of trains will be running
Line 11: 66%
Lines 3, 5, 6, 7, 7 bis, 9, 10, 12: 50%
Lines 2, 3 bis, 8: 66%
RER A: 20%
RER B: 20% or less (some stations will even be closed)
Bus: 75%
Tramways: 75%

For the latest updates, and details of different routes, go to or call 0800-15-11-11.


Alternatives to public transport

If you don’t live too far from your work, this is the perfect opportunity to burn some calories by riding a bicycle, a scooter or skateboard. Our advice, check the weather preview before heading out. You can also choose to share a ride with someone who owns a car and travels in the same direction as you:,,

For Parisians, Vélib - the city's new rent-a-bicycle-by-the-hour service - will be a precious ally, but it might be hard to find one! (


Date created : 2009-01-28