Paris Strikes Shut Down Airports and Attractions

By Anna Breuer on 5 December 2019
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Protests against planned changes to France’s pension system have brought much of the country to a grinding halt on Thursday.

While travelers struggled to see the sights and commuters struggled to get to work, tens of thousands of students, teachers, railway workers, and others peacefully marched down the Boulevard de Magenta, which begins at place de la République.

Travelers who are visiting France can expect several days of chaos and significant travel disruptions.

Eurostar has cancelled 90 trains across the Channel from Thursday through next Tuesday.  Easyjet has cancelled over 200 flights, and Air Franc has cancelled over 300.   As of 8 p.m. Central European Time, over 250 flights in and out of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport have been cancelled, while almost 600 have experienced delays.  The numbers are just slightly lower at Paris Orly Airport, while other airports in France including Toulouse-Blagnac and Lyon Saint-Exupery International have experienced several hundred cancellations and an almost equal number of delays.

The protests are impacting domestic rail service across the country.  SNCF said that travelers should expect nine out of ten high-speed trains to be cancelled in the coming days.

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