Black Tuesday – what to expect tomorrow during the strikes

There is a call for strikes and demonstrations tomorrow, Tuesday 10th October throughout France. Here’s what to expect on the French Riviera:

Day care centers, crèches, schools, hospitals, postal services and transport will all be affected by the strike action called by civil service unions to protest against the measures announced by the government.

There will be demonstrations from 10:00 onward on Place Massena so it’s advisable to avoid driving near that area tomorrow.

Air traffic controllers will also be on strike and the French civil aviation authority has recommended that airline companies reduce their flights by 30%. Expect disruptions from Monday evening onward, with many delays and cancellations expected at Nice airport, which will be one of the worst affected in France. Other airports affected include Marseille, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Paris Orly, Beauvais, Lyon, Toulouse and Nantes.

Local trains and buses may provide limited services, allow longer travel times if you’re going to the airport and consider alternative transport options where possible. However, according to the Régie Ligne d’Azur, public transport will operate as normal in Nice.

The train strikes will begin at 19:00 on Monday 9 October – expect delays on long distance trains and TER in the Alpes-Maritimes and Var until Wednesday morning. Updates can be found on the SNCF website.

Some bus services will not be running, and this includes school buses in some areas; get updates from the Lignes d’Azur website.

For further information see our Strikes page with links to up-to-date travel information for France.