The French train operator SNCF is advising train passengers not to travel today (July 6) if possible as strike action causes cancellations across the country.
The 24-hour-long protest was organised by four unions demanding negotiations over salaries, to help employees cope with inflation. The unions claim that SNCF salaries have not been increased since 2014.
People travelling on TER trains can expect two in five to run, while one in three Intercité services will be operating, with no trains on the Nantes-Bordeaux, Nantes-Lyon or Toulouse-Hendaye lines.
In Ile-de-France, one in two RER trains will be cancelled, and across the rest of the country, one in four TGVs will not be running on average.
En raison d'un mouvement social national, la circulation des trains sera fortement perturbée, le 6 Juillet, sur certaines lignes #Transilien.— Transilien SNCF (@Actu_Transilien) July 4, 2022
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Some three in five TGVs will be operating on the eastern network, three in four on the northern and Atlantic coast network and four in five on the south-east network.
There will be no night trains running, apart from the Paris-Nice.
International traffic on Eurostar, Thalys and Lyria trains should be “almost normal”.
You can check the status of your train on the SNCF website.
The strike comes on the eve of the French school holidays, which begin tomorrow (July 7). However, SNCF CEO Jean-Pierre Farandou has previously said that departures for summer breaks will “not be threatened”.
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Negotiations are set to take place today, with unions warning that another strike could happen later in the summer if an agreement is not reached.
Mr Farandou said: “We are trying to create a balance, because increasing salaries is one thing but there is also an economic consideration: it costs money and we must be aware of any knock on effect on ticket prices, for example.”
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