General transport strike on Tuesday 7 March – International trains will be canceled this week due to French strike – French air traffic controllers’ strike
On Tuesday, March 7, a number of unions have called for strikes and protests across France. Industrial action may begin the night before a strike day and continue through the next morning.
As a result, beginning on March 7, train service in Paris and the Île-de-France region is likely to be disrupted on the metro, the RER A and B lines, the bus system, and the trams. Recall that on February 7, there were delays in both the metro and the RER lines A and B.
As a result, many international trains to and from France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and England will not run on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The cancellations include thirteen Eurostar trains that will not run on Tuesday because of the strike. The high-speed train service generally runs to and from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London, Brussels and Paris.
Many Thalys trains between the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany will also be scrapped this week. From Monday evening to Wednesday, almost all trains are canceled or terminated in Brussels instead of continuing to Paris. People with a ticket for a train that is not running can rebook or cancel their journey free of charge, according to the NS International website.
The rail company is using its app and the website’s travel planner to inform passengers on time. It is advising travelers to look for other means of transport.
Airport fuelling services will also join the strike. The newest strikes in France, which usually only disrupt public transportation, may have an impact on drivers as well. Rolling roadblocks, roundabout protests, and blockades of oil refineries to stop the flow of fuel to filling stations are among the planned measures.
The USAC CGT union, which represents air traffic controllers (ATC), has urged its members to join the strike on March 7. For the days of 7 and 8 March, the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) is asking airlines to reduce their flight schedules by 20% at Charles-de-Gaulle airport and by 30% at Orly, Beauvais, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice and Toulouse.
There may be some disruptions to aircraft operations in France as a result of Eurocontrol’s (The European Organisation for Safety of Air Navigation) announcement that minimum services would be imposed at several ATC centers from 18:00 March 6–07:00 March 8.
Allow extra time for travel in major cities. Confirm availability of public transport, as well as flight and rail travel arrangements for dates on which major strikes are planned.
Please avoid demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities.