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A survival guide for the French strike

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-05-25

If you're travelling in France on Tuesday, 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 rail:

EUROSTAR Paris to London: service as usual
THALYS Paris-Brussels Amsterdam Cologne: service as usual

TGV North and East: service as usual
TGV Atlantic: 60% of trains should be running
TGV South-East: 50% of trains should be running
Regional trains (Corail): 50-100% of trains should be running

Metro and suburban (RER):

Metro lines 1 to 14: running as usual

RER A: should be running as usual
RER B, C et D: 50-60% of trains should be running
RER E: 70% of trains should be running

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

Buses and tramways :

Minor disruptions or service as usual.

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: try, or

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

Date created : 2009-05-25