French transport strike enters fourth week with no respite for the holidays

Transport will remain disrupted all over the country on Thursday as pension reform strikes entered their fourth week in France,…

Transport will remain disrupted all over the country on Thursday as pension reform strikes entered their fourth week in France, a day after the disruptions made travel difficult for those looking to spend Christmas Day with loved ones.

Christmas Day brought no respite for travellers in France as a transport strike entered its fourth week, ruining the plans of thousands wanting to celebrate with loved ones.

Many people scrambled at the last minute to make alternative arrangements as the protest against pension reform saw thousands of trains cancelled or delayed – and taxis, ride-sharing services and car rental agencies unable to make up the shortfall.

Only a fraction of high-speed and inter-city trains ran on Christmas Eve and even fewer were operating on the holiday itself. The main train stations in Paris were closed for the morning with suburban connections slashed and just two out of 16 metro lines – the only driverless ones – providing any service.

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