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Train Services Disrupted by Strikes Against Pension Reform

Train Services Disrupted by Strikes Against Pension Reform
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13 / 03 / 2023

Widespread disruptions to train and air services are expected in France on Tuesday due to new strikes announced by transport workers against the government's pension reform proposal, the DPA news agency reported, citing statements by the authorities there.

France's civil aviation authority said airlines had asked to cancel 20 per cent of flights at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport for Tuesday and Wednesday. Up to 30 per cent of flights are to be cancelled at airports in Beauvais, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Toulouse and Paris-Orly. France's state rail company SNCF said on Monday that the strikes would also severely affect train services in the country as well as cross-border connections.

Germany's state rail company Deutsche Bahn said all cross-border high-speed ICE and TGV trains running between the two countries would be cancelled. The private company Thalys also reported disruptions to some train connections. The changes to the pension system were introduced by the French government back in January.

The minimum retirement age is to be gradually increased from the current 62 to 64 until 2030. People will also have to work for at least 43 years to be eligible for a full pension. The changes are aimed at keeping the pension system free of the deficit that is already looming in the next decade due to the ageing of the French population. However, in addition to the retirement age, the government also wants to raise the minimum monthly pension to around €1,200.