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Published on Thursday, January 9, 2020

Major travel disruption as France goes on strike again

Flights, ferries, and Eurostar trains to and from France are being disrupted by yet another general strike in France.

EasyJet said it expects flight delays and cancellations due to the industrial action, which is set to continue until the weekend.

It also advised customers to allow plenty of extra time to get to the airport and consider alternative transport options where possible due to disruption on public transport.

Eurostar, which has been running a reduced and revised timetable since early December because of the ongoing industrial action, said ski trains will be disrupted this weekend due to the closure of some railway lines in the Alps region.

"These unavoidable changes ensure that these trains can still run by avoiding the line closures put in place by SNCF," said the rail operator.

But changes means some skiers will need to arrange accommodation for an additional night in Bourg St Maurice and onward travel.

"Please be advised that there may be limited accommodation available in Bourg St Maurice, Moutiers or Aime la Plagne," Eurostar warned passengers.

It said if the revised timetables are not suitable for passengers they can exchange their ticket for free for an alternative date in the future or request a full refund.

Unions have called for another day of protest today as part of a long-running battle with the French government over pension reform.

Protests are planned for several cities including Paris, where the Eiffel Tower will be closed today.

On the Paris Metro only lines 1 and 14, which are automated, are running as normal. All other Metro lines are running a limited service.

A demonstration starts today at 1.30pm at Republique and moves through the city to finish at Place Saint-Augustin.

Meanwhile ferry services are also being hit.

Brittany Ferries has cancelled sailings from Portsmouth to Le Havre today, tomorrow and Saturday due to strike action in the port.

A Poole to Cherbourg crossing today has also been cancelled.

P&O has cancelled at least one sailing this morning.

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