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French strike - a survival guide

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-05-25

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, but flights from Roissy Charles de Gaulle will take off and land as usual.

 

Check the Paris airport website www.aeroportsdeparis.fr or call 3950 in France.

 

Other airlines should be flying as usual.

 

By rail:


TGV in France and Internationally : 60% of trains should be running
EUROSTAR Paris to London: service as usual
THALYS Paris-Brussels Amsterdam Cologne: service as usual

Regional trains: 45%

 

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%

 

For the latest updates go to www.sncf.com 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

Quasi - normal service on other metro lines

RER A : Normal service except for the part managed by RATP
  
RER B, C et D : 35 %
  
RER E : 50 %

For the latest updates, and details of different routes, go to www.ratp.fr 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 report 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: www.Covoiturage.fr, www.Covoiturage.com, www.123envoiture.fr.

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

 

Date created : 2009-03-18

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