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General Strike in France

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@shaharke, In previous strikes it hasn't had any major effect in the village on the ski slopes. Some people have to take a day off to organise childcare, this makes the teachers exceedingly popular with the self employed ski instructors, who of course then earn nothing.
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I know some TOs are having to reschedule flights for getting their season staff into resort - but should have enough in place for visitors from Saturday.
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Are the AutoRoute peage staff on strike?

It was saying on UK radio that some French truckers are joining in and blocking major routes.

Could be a loooonnnnnggg day on Saturday driving down Sad
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@Judwin, I'm just starting my drive and will be in France this evening so I will update. Although from what I have read the HGV drivers are doing that on Saturday.
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all checked in for my ba flight to Geneva tomorrow but got a email just now informing me that i can check in my hand luggauge free of charge in LHR as the flight will be full.
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We are driving down Saturday to Sunday. Any updates in fuel availability at the service stations would be greatly appreciated!
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Well, good luck to all those grappling with France in the next few days. I well remember having to talking my way through a farmer's roadblock somewhere on the French coast some years ago, then having to keep a sharp look out for the removal of floating barriers blockading the port! I think those actions were all about lamb imports (or perhaps exports) and a proposed sharp rise in the cost of marine diesel.
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Any thoughts on how long this disruption might go on for?
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Once on a flight to Grenoble (with Roy Keane too as it happens) Just coming into Grenoble when the local Air Traffic Control went on strike!

Flight diverted, 3 hour odd bus ride, with Roy Keane again sat at the side of us!
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@rob@rar its planned for the next three days.

I'm keeping an eye on the GVA arrivals board https://www.gva.ch/en/arrivals
There have just been 8 cancellations so far today,
4 from France
1 from Heathrow (BA)
1 from Spain
1 from Portugal
1 from Naples ???

Today's Luton flight arrived on time Little Angel
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The air traffickers have announced their strike will continue into Friday, airlines have been asked to reduce their flights by 20%. At 1630 CET BA had cancelled 2 LHR_GVA but easyJet so far to cancel between LGW and GVA. The GVA arrivals board looked better then normal today on punctuality bar the 8 cancellations.

Edit: I've looked at Osiris a couple of times this afternoon, the roads from Lyon to the Tarentaise have been pretty much in the green, so nothing to worry about there today.
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Thanks for the updates. Very helpful. Just packing the car now. Snow chain rehearsal in the morning. Very Happy
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@DrLawn, Both Bristol flights were cancelled as well it looks like
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@lynnecha why wait for morning? Do it tonight in the dark, then you'll get to really feel your way around your tires. Toofy Grin

@chocksaway you seem to have the inside knowledge on this.... perhaps the giveaway is in your handle?
It probably makes great sense to cut back by 20%, That should save the carriers a lot of money and we'll feel grateful ... as long as its not MY flight that's cancelled Twisted Evil
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@DrLawn, avoiding such situations has enabled us to stay married for 39 years. Very Happy
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Just got notification that flight status for EZS1492 BHX-GVA, Sat, dep 11.10 is 'on time'. Several PSBers on that flight. snowHead
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Is the ATC disruption likely to affect flights to Italy? Son flying to Genova tomorrow.
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@pam w, The key to that question is where from to Genoa (puts on Eric Morecambe voice - never met her before)
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Gatwick, early
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@shaharke, For sure the lifties will be on strike in sympathy with train drivers who can retire at 52 with a pension of €3500per month..........FFS!
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@pam w, Assume BA - looks like its a goer. May have a bit of rerouting, but with a lot of France based aircraft not flying the airspace is less busy so what is left is well within the capabilities of the reduced system for overflights.
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Thanks @chocksaway, that's reassuring. The BA website isn't anticipating problems at this point.
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Not unknown. We lost a days skiing about 3 years ago when all the lifties went on strike. It was February too so it was packed. Local dispute not anything national.

I believe the next National Strike is next Tuesday although I believe there will be continuous issues with rail etc.
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Geneva running to plan this morning. Only 2 UK cancellations - BA from LHR. Slack being created by flights from France and late afternoon/evening flights from Spain
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try this
https://www.gva.ch/en/arrivals?city=London&date=637111872000000000
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@lynnecha, there's a website with info on the fuel situation here
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I thought I posted last night, but cant see it now. Currently as far as Dijon, no issues with fuel, traffic or the channel tunnel so far.
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Just boarding at Heathrow for Geneva on time and its shows we will be 35 minutes late, must be the detour around French airspace.
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Roads and fuel clear and available all the way to Tignes today
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BA just cancelled one LHR-GVA tomorrow - BA 722 at 1405. All 3 flights to Lyon scheduled. Seems like all the easies are running.
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I would be very pleased if the autoroute toll staff manage to time any action (or inaction Laughing ) to suit my upcoming trip

That rather depends on whether the gates are locked open or shut, doesn't it?
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Paris le grand bouchon au jour'd'hui. 3 hours from on the A1 @ Charles de Gaulle to Parc d' Exposition, Porte de Versailles. Hope the roads are clear on Wednesday for my drive to Tignes.
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Over 200 miles of traffic jams in and around Paris today.

France is crumbling.

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@homphomp, @Colonel Faff, thanks for that. We’re on our way now. Will report back what we find-arrive in Calais at 1800h and driving to Troyes tonight.
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We were booked on the 06:20 chunnel this morning, which appeared as the 06:31 when we got through to the departure side. Warning though - the sausage butty van has gone, to be replaced by vending machines. Disaster!

Made our lunch stop for 12 noon, then Chambery Carrefour for about 5PM. Final drag up the hill and got into Tignes around 19:30.

The roads were all eerily quiet - no queues anywhere, to protests, no lorry blockades, nothing. Now waiting for Match of the Day to start assuming we can stay awake that long.
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Similar experience- we arrived at the Chunnel at 14.30 to be to only car in the queuing area! It was very strange. Straight through to just south of Troyes last night, now on empty roads near Dijon heading for Tignes. Have only seen one or two cars on the road.

No problem with fuel although we will fill up in Bourg on our way up so we are good to go next Sunday. Looking forward to seeing some snow!
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I would be very pleased if the autoroute toll staff manage to time any action (or inaction Laughing ) to suit my upcoming trip

That rather depends on whether the gates are locked open or shut, doesn't it?


I was in France a few years ago when the toll collectors had a half day strike, barriers were open but I put my doofer under the seat as some locals told me they had left the detectors switched on ! Was in a truck that day so saved me a few bob Very Happy Logically they would have to leave them open surely otherwise it would be chaos Puzzled
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I would be very pleased if the autoroute toll staff manage to time any action (or inaction Laughing ) to suit my upcoming trip

That rather depends on whether the gates are locked open or shut, doesn't it?


I was in France a few years ago when the toll collectors had a half day strike, barriers were open but I put my doofer under the seat as some locals told me they had left the detectors switched on ! Was in a truck that day so saved me a few bob Very Happy Logically they would have to leave them open surely otherwise it would be chaos Puzzled



We were north of Geneva last Dec, en route to the 3Vs, and the yellowvests let everybody through the French tolls for free.
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