Public Servant Strike Alert - FRANCE

Updated on 8 May 2019


The Situation:

Civil Servants in France have called for strikes on 9 May in transportation (including air traffic controllers and customs), schools, and hospitals (including some emergency services).


The unions of air traffic control USAC-CGT, FO, UNSA and CFDT have relayed the call to strike. As a result, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked airlines to reduce their flight programs by 30% at nine airports, including three in Paris (Paris-CDG, Paris-Orly, Beauvais, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes).


Possible Effects:

  • Possible protests or demonstrations in major cities and near government buildings

  • Traffic delays due to strikes, demonstrations, etc.

  • Blocked roads due to demonstrations

  • Delayed or cancelled flights

  • Lack of public transportation services including railways, taxis, buses, etc.


Mitigating Factors to Apply:

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

  • Check with airport to confirm flight status before departure

  • Allow extra time to travel to/from the airport, supplier, and accommodations

  • Avoid travel through major cities if possible, instead using bypasses

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy

  • Monitor local media and news for updates


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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