Several major unions in France call for nationwide strike and demonstrations Jan. 27

The General Confederation of Labor (CGT) and other major trade unions have called for a general strike and demonstrations across France Jan. 27.

This national strike is also causing disruptions in urban transport in cities, impacted both by striking drivers and by route deviations linked to the demonstrations.

In Paris, for example, a demonstration is scheduled to depart from Place de la Bastille at 2 p.m., impacting RATP buses and trams. The Nice tram network or Grenoble transport are also impacted. The action is likely to result in business and transport disruptions nationwide, though participation will vary between sectors. Unions representing SNCF employees have called on their members to take part in the action, issuing a strike notice effective 19:00 Jan. 26-08:00 Jan. 28, likely impacting rail services nationwide.

Participation is currently unclear, though the strikes are likely to result in disruptions to local bus, tram and metro services, including delays and cancellations.

The largest gathering is scheduled to take place in Paris at Place de la Bastille from 11:30.

Confirm all transport reservations and appointments Jan. 27. Check public transport schedules and local traffic conditions for disruptions before beginning journeys; allow extra time for travel and consider alternative means of transport if necessary.