Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

France's Plan to Tackle Racism

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Marine Le Pen and Thomas Piketty in Time magazine's power list; EU takes on Google; Gunter Grass dies (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Deadly Crossing: Migrants desperate to reach Europe; Abadi in Washington (part 1)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Xenophobic attacks in South Africa: anti-violence marches and anti immigration protest

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

French PM outlines action plan against racism, anti-Semitism

Read more

REPORTERS

Turkey’s hidden Armenians search for stolen identity

Read more

REVISITED

Families of slain Marikana miners still demanding justice

Read more

#TECH 24

Europe vs. Google: EU accuses search giant of market dominance abuse

Read more

#THE 51%

Women in America: Land of the free, home to the less-paid

Read more

Europe

French trains grind to halt amid two-day strike

© Photo: AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-06-13

French railway workers went on strike on Wednesday evening, disrupting much of the country's train network. However, the walkout was not expected to seriously affect international rail links.

A railway strike that began Wednesday night has heavily disrupted transport within France and caused delays to and from a few international destinations.

Unions representing employees of the national SNCF railway network called for the work stoppage, scheduled to last until Friday night, in protest at a planned rail reform the government unveiled last month.

Sixty percent of France’s high-speed TGV trains and slower regional services ground to a halt, especially affecting travelers in the country’s southeast.

There were also heavy delays for commuters using the RER rail network around the Paris region.

However, Eurostar trains bound for London, Thalys trains to Brussels and Amsterdam, and ALLEO trains to Germany were running on normal schedules. Half of the trains linking France and Switzerland and one-third of trains connecting France and Italy were cancelled.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-06-13

  • FRANCE - TRANSPORT

    Strikes disrupt French flights and rail transport

    Read more

  • FRANCE - AVIATION

    Half of France's scheduled flights cancelled amid strike

    Read more

  • GERMANY

    Most Lufthansa flights grounded in wake of staff strike

    Read more

COMMENT(S)