With a fraction of trains running, French commuters have faced a difficult trip to the office. A strike by rail staff has crippled the national network. Unions are protesting over fears of privatisation, despite government assurances that no such plans are in place.
From 8 o’clock on Monday night, stoppages have been causing chaos.
This morning in Paris, the strain was starting to show.
“It causes us problems because we are running late,” said one woman.
“The train times are not being adhered to. And we pay for the transport like everyone else.”
“I am against the fact that this strike could be indefinite,” a man added. He expressed fears that the disruption could continue on Wednesday. An average of only 1 in 3 trains is running according to the management of the state rail firm, the SNCF.
Unions will decide later whether to continue their industrial action.
The strike has added to the woes of France’s conservative government, just days after the nation’s worst urban unrest in almost 40 years abated.