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Versailles on a Thurs in May

Does anyone know if the protests will interfere with a trip to Versailles on May 4?

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Unlikely given that the next big day of demonstrations will be May 1 - their Labor Day. I wouldn't plan too much on that day, but going forward from that date, while you never know, I would think you will be OK with plans in Paris.

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May 3 is when the bill is supposed to be signed, so I'm wondering if there will be any additional ruckus that day or afterwards. We are scheduled to be in Paris May 1-May 8, and feeling a bit nervous!

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If it will ease your mind, we arrive in Paris at CDG early in the morning on May 3, and we are not concerned. We were in Paris in Dec 2019 during the strikes that shutdown many of the trains and Metro, and caused many flight cancellations including from/to the US, and there were issues with strikes hampering ground transport from CDG, and we had no troubles then, and frankly what went on during that stretch was far worse than anything seen in Paris these last few weeks. We had no problems at all during our stay that month, although the lack of Metro did impact our plans, but we managed just fine.

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We’re not that concerned about the protests. They can be avoided. I was just wondering if Versailles might be closed due to lack of staff?

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We’re not that concerned about the protests. They can be avoided. I was just wondering if Versailles might be closed due to lack of staff?

The protests are easily avoided. But the transit strikes that can involve trains, like the RER to Versailles, are a problem. And when Metro is shut down, the surface streets are clogged with vehicle traffic, and the busses are jam packed...and taxis and Ubers charge surge pricing. At least that is what happened in December 2019, so we walked everywhere we wanted to go...has Versailles been closed on any of the big protest days during this last month or so?

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@jojorabbit Yes, Versailles has been closed a day here and there during the protests.

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@jojorabbit Yes, Versailles has been closed a day here and there during the protests.

I wasn't doubting it, just didn't know. Regardless, over the course of weeks and months, it is still fairly rare, or would be back luck if it happened to someone on a tight itinerary.

There is clearly a risk of some museums or sites being closed on a day of demonstrations or strikes, and that of course could impact pre purchased timed entry tickets. That is just the way it is in France these days...roll with the punches.

FWIW, we have not purchased any entry tickets in advance of our trip to Paris in May, we will deal with it when we get to Paris. We also have no intention of going to the Louvre, or up the Eiffel Tower, the kind of sites that must be booked weeks if not months in advance, we will maybe visit some of the smaller museums, and we have plenty of flexibility for doing that if not just walking up without tickets in hand.