French train strikes - update 14th Dec
The French strikes are continuing, and trains in France and trains to France (Eurostars) continue to be affected.
A little bit of light at the end of the tunnel is that some concilatory noices are coming from thre French finance ministry, which means some kind of negotiation and compromise might begin to form sooner.
It looks like people travelling to France by train for Christmas are going to be affected. In exactly what way, I don't know.
If you have rail travel booked for this period, of course contact the company that you booked it though so that they can help with information about any refunds and alternative travel arrangments etc.
We've been looking online for news of when the strikes might end:
Here's what French website The Local says:
"While there is no immediate end in sight to the conflict, France's finance minister Bruno le Maire struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday, telling a French radio station that there was "room for negotiating". Anyone pinning their hopes on a collapse in support for the strikers among the French population is likely to be disappointed, however, as a poll by the Elabe institute released Thursday found France evenly divided over the pension reforms, with 50 percent of respondents approving and 49 percent against. But the poll also found that 54 percent rejected the proposed "pivot age" of 64 for a full pension, and 54 percent supported the unions' protest."
Eurostar has this page with updates:
The page includes the following: "The strike action will impact our ability to deliver the usual timetable as we expect disruption to signalling along all routes. As a result, we will now run a reduced timetable until 17 December. If you are booked on a cancelled train, you can exchange or refund your ticket. You have up to 60 days from the date of your journey to exchange or refund your ticket."
Here's are pages with info from other train and ticketing websites:
Rail Europe (formerly Loco2): https://help.raileurope.co.uk/article/41871-sncf-france-strikes-december-2019
Let's hope these strikes come to an end soon, with a good resolution for all.