Sacre bleu, it’s not the kind of encore tourists were hoping to hear in Paris next week.
The latest in a series of labor actions has French union workers—including those in the aviation industry—calling for a weeklong nationwide strike from March 6-10, and warning travelers that flight disruptions are likely.
The strike follows a series of similar actions that have roiled the roadways and worried the tourists over the past weeks as workers protest over pension reforms.
Air traffic control workers will strike from 6 pm on Monday, March 6, until 7 am on Friday, March 10. Various unions representing Air France, French National Railway Company (SNCF) and the Parisien Public Transport Operator (RATP) also have called on their members to join the strike on Tuesday, March 7, possibly extending into March 8.
France’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) has asked passengers to “postpone their trip and to check with their airline to find out the status of their flight.” DGAC already has requested that Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) reduce its flight schedule by 20% and other French airports—including Paris Orly (ORY), Paris-Beauvais (BVA), Bordeaux–Merignac (BOD), Lille (LIL), Lyon-Saint Exupery (LYS), Nantes Atlantique (NTE), Marseille Provence (MRS), Montpellier-Mediterranee (MPL), Nice Cote d’Azur (NCE) and Toulouse–Blagnac (TLS)—cut theirs by 30%.
One union also has called for a demonstration at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport on March 7, and other demonstrations are likely throughout Paris.