Strike to hit Paris Metro and bus networks tomorrow

Travellers in Paris are being warned of 'black Friday' on the city's transport system as major strike action is planned

Des passagers tentent de se frayer un passage sur le quai du métro de la Ligne 13, le 7 décembre 2010 en gare de Saint-Lazare. La ligne 13, hautement sensible, transporte quelque 550.000 passagers par jour. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

All of the unions on the Paris transport network have declared that they will be taking strike action on Friday in a protest over plans to reform the pension system.


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RATP, which runs the Paris Metro, bus and RER suburban train network, has advised people not to travel on Friday unless absolutely necessary.

The company will release full details of the disruption to services later on Wednesday, but is already warning that the disruption is likely to be severe.

It is believed that some Metro lines will be closed completely, while others will operate a very limited service.

The RER suburban trains and the bus system will also be affected.

The strike action is expected to be particularly severe because all the unions that have members among the transport workers – CGT, UNSA, CFE-CGC, Sud, Solidaire and FO – are coordinating their action.

At present the advice from RATP is: “There will be very severe disruption on the transport network on Friday, September 13th. RATP invites passenger to keep their travel to a minimum.”

The strike is the first in a series of actions planned to protest against Emmanuel Macron’s proposed reform of France’s pensions system.

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