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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-10-28

Strikes called in protest at a pension reform bill continue to disrupt France’s transport system for a sixteenth day on Thursday. Here is FRANCE 24’s survival guide for commuters and travellers.

Travel information last updated October 28 at 7.30 am (GMT+2).


50% of flights at Paris Orly airport will be cancelled on Thursday and 30% at other airports. Several Air France affiliated unions have called for strikes ranging from one to 24 hours. The airline has promised to assure the normal functioning of all long-haul flights, 85% of short- and medium-haul flights at Charles de Gaulle airport, and 50% of short- and medium-haul flights at Orly airport.

For more flight information, see the Paris airports website:




EUROSTAR: (To London): Normal service
THALYS: Normal service.
LYRIA: Normal service.

National (the following websites are in French):

TGV: Eight out of ten trains running in and out of Paris. Six in ten regional trains are operating. 
CORAIL: One in two trains running.
TÉOZ: One in two trains running.
TER: Six in ten trains running.
TRANSILIEN: Six in ten running at rush hours.

For more information, see the national railway website, or call +33 (0)805 90 36 35. Also see the Transilien website or call 0805 700 805.

Paris RER, Metro and Tram system:

Metros, trams and city buses should be operating a near normal service. RER Line A: near normal service, Line B: one train in two, Line C: three trains in four, Lines D and E: two trains in three, on average.

For more information, see RATP website or call +33 (0) 800 15 11 11.

The strikes are expected to affect transport services in several French cities from October 12 to 30. Expect delays and cancellations for subway trains, buses and regional rail in:

Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Montpellier, Grenoble

Date created : 2010-10-24


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