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26 Dec 2019 | 08:13 AM UTC

France: Ongoing protest in Paris December 26 /update 35

Rail workers protest against pension reform in Paris on December 26; heightened security measures and transportation disruptions expected



Rail workers from RATP and SNCF have launched a protest march on Thursday, December 26, to denounce the government's pension reform project. Protesters gathered at Gare de l'Est at 13:00 (local time) and are expected to march towards Gare Saint-Lazare

A related protest march is scheduled in Paris on Saturday, December 28. Participants plan to gather at 13:00 (local time) at the Gare du Nord station before heading to Chatelet station via Place de la République

A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected around any protest sites. 


Thousands have protested across France in December 2019 to voice their opposition to the planned pension reform scheme. Subsequent related ongoing nationwide strikes have caused significant disruptions across all forms of transportation. Strikes may continue for an indefinite period if the government does not abandon its proposed pension reform plan.


Individuals in France, notably in Paris, are advised to closely monitor developments to the situation, anticipate significant transportation and business disruptions, plan alternative routes and budget additional travel time in areas affected by the general strike and protests, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.