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French strikes to cause chaos for travellers

by LLB Reporter

Travel to and from France will be severely disrupted from Thursday as large scale strikes begin across the country over pension plans.

Flights, trains, busses and the metro in Paris comes to halt including Eurostar. Eurostar said there are no tickets available until Tuesday and nearly 100 services have been cancelled.

SNCF rail are expecting to cancel nine out of 10 services of their high speed trains.

EasyJet, British Airways and Ryanair have also cancelled many flights to and from France, whilst Air France has said 30% of domestic flights have also been cancelled.

French police are deploying thousands of extra police officers across Paris to cope with that they suspect is going to be a challenging day.

Unions are planning a large protest march on Thursday across Paris. Tourist destinations such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral, parliament and the presidential palace are to be affected.

The Eiffel Tower are warning tourists to delay their planned visit as thousands will be striking causing disruption. The Louvre Museum will be open however, some viewing rooms will be closed, they said.

Police are fearing the yellow vest protest group and extremist troublemakers could join the strike protests.

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