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January 26: strike updates

Airlines cancel 20% of short flights at key airports, plus taxis block roads and airports in Paris, Marseille, Toulouse

COMBINED strike action by taxi drivers and air traffic control is causing disruption to journeys across the country today.

Civil servants are also staging a walkout against pay and conditions, while teachers are striking against education reforms in primaire and collège.

Taxi drivers are protesting against what they claim is unfair competition from voitures de transport avec chauffeur(VTC) - services like moto taxis and other companies such as Allocab, Chauffeur-Privé, Cinq-S, Marcel, SnapCar or Uber.

Traffic is disrupted on the périphérique around Paris, where protesters have thrown burning tyres into the road.

There are also blockages at Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly airports plus go-slow disruptions along the A7 at Marseille and in Toulouse.

The VTC transport group Liberty Trans claims stones have been thrown at moto taxi drivers at Porte Maillot, where protesters are currently gathering.

Des pneus brûlent sur le périphérique #PorteMaillot— Paul Louis (@paul_louis11) January 26, 2016

Air Traffic Control:
Airlines say that they have already contacted passengers by text advising them of whether they are travelling.

The French Civil Aviation Authority has asked airlines to cut 20% of flights going to or from from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Orly, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, Lyon and Nantes.

Has a list of cancelled flights here.

Check your flight using their flight tracker.

Air France:
The airline said it is operating
-all of its long haul flights
-80% of short and medium haul flights
More information here…

British Airways:
Latest information and flight tracker here.

EU document on your passenger rights here.

Around one third of teachers in maternelles and élémentaires are expected to be on strike, plus teachers in collège - they are protesting for better pay deals and against education reforms.

The worst-hit departments are: Haute-Garonne, Haut-Rhin, Seine-et-Marne and Seine-Saint-Denis

Civil service:
Some 5.6 million civil servants (fonctionnaires) could be off work today. They are protesting against pay freezes or low salary rises that have been in place since 2010, plus the loss of jobs in “key sectors of public service”, such as the loss of 150,000 posts in education since 2007.

All Caisse d'allocations familiales (Caf) public offices are expected to be shut today.

Two regional rail strikes are also taking place today, in Aquitaine and Poitou-Charentes
TER Aquitaine
TER Poitou-Charentes
Plus a derailed maintenance train is blocking all trains between Nice and Monaco in both directions.

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