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France National Strike Alert

Updated on 19 January 2020

The Situation:

As part of strikes that began in December in response to President Macron’s pension reform plan, the workers and youth trade union organizations CFE-CGC, CGT, FO, FSU, Solidaires, MNL, UNEF, UNL and FIDL are calling for a new national strike on 24 January with local strikes planned on 22 and 23 January. Additional strikes and demonstrations may be planned over the following weekend.

Public transportation including, buses, trams and metro are likely to be affected.

The air traffic controllers union, USAC-CGT, which has called for strikes before, has not yet made any announcements on its website.

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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