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26 Jan: Strikes In France. Plan accordingly

U.S. Embassy Paris, France

According to media reports, multiple groups are planning labor actions across Paris and throughout France on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

Two of the largest unions representing air traffic controllers in France have called upon their employees to strike, and airlines have been warned to reduce their flight schedules for the day. Significant disruptions (cancellations as well as delays) are to be anticipated on January 26, and potentially the following day as airlines clear backlogs. Travelers are advised to verify the status of their flight before leaving for the airport.

Across the public sector, employees at airports, hospitals, schools, and some government offices are also expected to strike, which may cause disruption to public services.

Taxi drivers are also expected to strike, with a “slow drive” operation announced between Orly and Roissy airports and Paris, beginning at 6:00am on the 26th. In addition, some taxi services have indicated they will operate by reservation only, and will not be circulating in the streets. The drivers are protesting the proliferation of chauffeur-driven vehicle services.

Rallies in support of the strike actions are expected near Porte Maillot (16th/17th district), the Ministry of Economy and Finance (4th district), the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (7th district), the RER Port-Royal station (14th district), and the Invalides (7th district), with marches leading to the Montparnasse district (14th district).

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Just another typical day in the French workforce...unfortunately.