France: Nationwide strike on May 26, 2016, and travel disruption all week

A nationwide general strike is scheduled for May 26, designated as “a national day of strikes, protests and action.” This strike will affect the entire French transport system, including ports, airports and rail from today through the end of the week.

The CGT union has also called for rolling strikes of more than two days a week on national railways and for an open-ended strike on the Paris subway and suburban commuter train networks from 2 June, a week before the Euro 2016 football tournament begins.

Advice For Travellers

Be prepared for major transportation disruption.

The SNCF rail has asked travellers to to consider cancelling or rescheduling any rail travel planned for Wednesday or Thursday due to disruptions from the strike.

Both of Paris's airports, Orly and CDG, will be impacted by strikes by technicians, engineers and air traffic controllers. Contact your air carrier to see if your flight is affected.

Plan for potential road blockages.

Expect disruption to ferry routes. Two 24-hour strikes have been called by port and dock workers for today and Thursday.