France is bracing itself for a widespread transport strike starting on Thursday, December 5. This looks set to be the most comprehensive strike the country has experienced in decades. Many are predicting the country will be forced to a standstill. It is possible the strikes could last until Christmas.
France may be a country with a reputation for protest, but this planned walkout is on an large scale and will affect the daily life of many. All public transport systems will be affected. Many trains have been cancelled, others are running at drastically reduced levels.
The last strike of this potential size was in 1995, when the country was frozen for three weeks.
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WNU Editor: Gas and diesel shortages are now being reported throughout western France …. Western France Runs Out Of Gas As “Massive Strikes” Set To Paralyze Entire Nation (Zero Hedge). My friends in France are telling me that this is going to be a long strike. French President Macron is determined to do what he wants to do, even if his poll numbers are in the teens.
Across generations, French workers fight pensions overhaul — AP
France braces for massive strikes and transportation disruptions starting Dec. 5 — The Washington Post
General Strike in France Is Fresh Test for Emmanuel Macron — The New York Times
France prepares for crippling strikes set to be biggest in decades — The Independent
245 protest marches across France tomorrow — The Connexion
France readies for massive transportation strike on Thursday — RT
Hundreds of fuel stations in France run dry as oil depot blockade continues — The Local