Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Paris (France), Strikes and Flooding in France

The U.S. Embassy in France informs U.S. citizens that several national unions across a variety of sectors continue strikes in protest of proposed labor laws. Affected sectors include, but are not limited to the national rail network, air traffic control, airline pilots, the Paris public transportation system, truck transport, and oil refinery operations.

Disruptions to these sectors may be exacerbated by weather conditions and local flooding. Flooding may impact roadways and traffic patterns in affected areas. Forecasts for the coming week indicate less rain but weather conditions in France are often variable.

Travelers are advised to verify the status of their flights, trains, or other public transportation services prior to their travel. Travelers are advised that these strikes could result in delays or cancelations of trains, flights, and other transportation services.

The following strikes have been announced for the week of June 6:

Rail - The national unions which represents rail workers renewed their call for strikes limiting rail services along the TGV, RER and SNCF networks. An "unlimited strike" is started on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Paris-area Public Transportation - The union representing the Paris metro area transportation (RATP) called for an "unlimited strike," which started on June 2, of all public transportation services, including the Paris metro, buses, and RER trains.

Air - Airport workers at Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) airport have called for general strikes on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, which could result in delays or cancellations of flights originating in France.

Travelers can also track updates on Twitter through services such as Aeroports de Paris (@ParisAeroport) or your local airport or air carrier, the Prefecture de Police for your area (@PrefPolice is the one for Paris), SNCF (@SNCF), and your metro or rail line. French news sources such as BFMTV, Le Parisien, and France24 are also likely to carry information about the strike's impact.

If you need to cancel or exchange a TGV or Intercity train, visit the SNCF website here: http://www.sncf.com/fr/echange-remboursement-tgv-intercites

Transilien - for Paris region transport: http://www.transilien.com/info-trafic/temps-reel

U.S. citizens should be aware that these strikes, particularly the transport and oil refinery worker actions, have resulted in fuel shortages at some gas stations. Lines at gas stations may be long and some stations may not be able to supply gas until they are replenished. U.S. citizens may wish to track availability of gasoline at the following sites: http://www.linternaute.com/actualite/societe/1306008-penurie-d-essence-liste-des-stations-fermees-ou-sans-carburant-cartes-22052016/

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Source: U.S. Department of State