France transport slightly improves before next nationwide demonstrations

Many French returning from holidays may again face problems getting to work on Monday. All Paris metro lines and suburban RER trains are to be operational, but most with severely limited services. On Tuesday the prime minister is to meet unions for the next round of negotiations aimed at ending the pension reform strikes.

All 13 Paris metro lines will be operational on Monday, but many, such as the 7, the 8, the 10 and others only operate during rush hour (between 6:30 and 9:30 and 16:30 and 19:30). The fully automated lines 1 and 14 run normal but “risk saturation.”

The suburban RER railways, which cross Paris and serve tens of thousands of commuters who live in the suburbs, operate in a more limited capacity, and Paris’ extensive network of buses operates with “3 on 4 buses on average,” according to the RATP website.

The suburban Transilien network will also provide 2 out of 3 trains, and most of Paris’ 8 tramlines will operate “as normal”.

Ninety percent of Eurostar trains between London and Paris are assured; 80 percent on the Thalys line to Belgium, Netherlands and Germnay.

Transport is expected to return to near normal on Tuesday, but on Thursday the situation is set to degrade again with the next round of nationwide demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform plans.