The SNCF, EDF-GDF, and RATP strike officially begins this evening at 8 pm, November 13th.
The rumors were right that the strike would actually start on the eve of the 14th. Yesterday the train coming in from Caen was running about ten minutes behind schedule, but other than that, the activity at Gare St. Lazare was average.
Today’s Le Parisien gives suggestions for people about how to deal with the strike. Take advantage of Velib – the City of Paris’s bicycle service.
That should be very useful for getting to CDG with luggage. Right.
As I mentioned in a previous post, there are still some rumors that Air France might possibly join in the strike. It will be interesting to see if EDF decides to join in, will we have temporary black-outs as well, and how would that affect air traffic controll? These are all the kinds of questions, you as a traveler, may want to have answered.
This is my suggestion regarding airport transfers: You may want to book your airport transfers in advance. There are also some rumors that taxis may join in this strike. As for the duration, no one can predict these things but the current dates look like it will last at the very least until the 20th of November (2007).
Let’s hope EDF doesn’t decide to turn off heat and lights!