British travellers face cancellations, delays and disruption getting to and from France during the next five days due to a general strike in the country.
Industrial action over planned pension reforms is expected to cause problems for trains, airlines and French roads.
Eurostar said 90 services will not run, while EasyJet has cancelled 70 flights and BA has cancelled more than a dozen.
The Foreign Office has said journeys to the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Germany could also be affected.
It has urged travellers to check with operators before beginning their journey.
How are flights affected?
Some air traffic controllers and Air France workers have said they will take part in the strike – in a bid to cause disruption to air travel. As a result:
- EasyJet said 70 flights flying in and out of the UK have been cancelled on Thursday, and it expects other flights to experience delays. It has urged passengers to use its online flight tracker to check the status of their flight
- British Airways said a “handful” of flights have been cancelled on the first day of the strike but it hopes to use larger aircraft on other services to help those affected. Some flights to Spain and Switzerland are also affected due to flying over French airspace
- Ryanair said passengers whose flights have been affected have been told via email or text message
- Air France said around 30% of its domestic flights would be cancelled.
What about Eurostar and Eurotunnel?
Eurostar has warned that it will run a reduced timetable until 10 December – with no tickets expected to be on sale until then.
A list of cancelled services is on its website and passengers have been advised to check if their service will be running.
The operator said 11 out of 19 services from London to Paris will be cancelled on Thursday and Friday, with about half of all services from the French capital also facing cancellations.
Some services from London to Brussels and Amsterdam may also be affected, it said.
The operator said it expects about 90 services to be cancelled during the strike.
BBC reporter Keith Doyle said St Pancras station was “very, very quiet” on Thursday, with many passengers having made other plans ahead of the strike.
Eurotunnel said it “does not foresee disruption” on its service between Folkestone and Calais.
Industrial action by hauliers may also cause delays or blockages on some major roads in France, the UK Foreign Office has warned.
What about ferry crossings?
P&O Ferries, which operates services between Dover and Calais, has said that it expects “potential disruption” to its sailing schedule on Thursday.
Are Paris tourist attractions affected?
The Eiffel Tower in Paris has warned tourists to delay their visit if possible, because of concerns the strike will disrupt access to the monument.
The Louvre museum said some of its viewing rooms may be closed.
Hotels across Paris have also reported a higher than normal level of cancellations ahead of the strike.
Riot police began searching pedestrians’ bags before dawn on Paris’s famous Champs-Élysées boulevard, where shops have been ordered to close ahead of a planned march by protesters.
Transport networks in some areas of France have also ground to a near-halt on Thursday morning.
Some 90% of high-speed TGV and intercity trains have been cancelled, with buses also affected.
In Paris, just five of the city’s 16 underground Metro lines are running.
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