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France National Strike Alert

Updated on 12 January 2020

The Situation:

As part of strikes that began in December in response to President Macron’s pension reform plan, several unions around the country are calling for new national strikes on 14, 15, and 16 January with possible strikes and demonstrations planned over the following weekend.

Despite a major concession on the retirement age from the PM, strikes continue, primarily affecting transportation services.

Possible Effects:

  • Protest or demonstrations, especially near government buildings, city centers, and airports

  • Delayed and/or cancelled flights

  • Disruptions to public transportation

  • Fuel shortages

  • Traffic in the vicinity of protests

  • Increased presence of security personnel, such as local police

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Check flight status prior to departure to the airport

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Maintain a full fuel tank, if driving

  • Prepare for disruptions caused by protests

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Adjust travel plans as you see fit

  • Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS® gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS® (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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