Transport Still Disrupted As Pension Row Continues
France will continue to see its public services disrupted as the strikes go into their seventh day. Over one million protesters are currently demonstrating in cities across France in the biggest challenge to economic reforms anywhere in Europe. The protests have already caused problems for visitors to the country with large proportions of the public transport services closed or running on minimal services. The French President Nicolas Sarkozy has appealed to the demonstrators to show some restraints as shops were vandalised and looted in the popular southern city of Lyon. He described the proposed reform as being long overdue and stated that “A head of state has a duty towards the young and vis-a-vis the fundamental imbalances of his country,”
Several airlines have already announced cancellations on their French flights with Irish airline, Aer Lingus, cancelling flights today due to the strike action. Any passengers who were travelling on the flights from Dublin have been notified by text message or email and have been offered either a refund or an alternative journey. Ryanair has also cancelled six of its flights today, adding to the total of 200 flights cancelled throughout the demonstrations. The week-long protests have also threatened France with fuel shortages, another reason for many of the airlines having to cancel flights into the country. All short haul flights have been advised to carry extra fuel with them for the return journey. Anyone attempting to travel in or out of France today is advised to keep watch for any news relating to their flights.