IS it safe to travel across the pond with French strikes currently causing havoc to the country’s travel systems.
Here is everything we know.
Is it safe to travel to France?
According to the Foreign Office, with the current strikes in France it should be okay to travel there as long as you follow a few steps.
They say the strikes will affect transport and public services – anyone travelling to France should check their planned transport routes well ahead of time.
They advise to keep away from any demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities when out-and-about.
What are the French Strikes about?
Unions agreed to take industrial action after it was revealed that pensions in France would operate on a points system in an attempt to level out post-retirement benefits among professions.
The basic idea is that employees would earn “points” for each day worked, which would later turn into pension benefits upon retirement.
Currently, France’s pension system is not unified and it means certain professions – like lawyers and opera workers – retire with cushy pensions.
Macron’s new system aims to rectify this but it also means that those retiring before the age of 64 would lose out.
Someone retiring in France at age 63 under the new scheme would receive five per cent less than someone retiring one year later.
France’s current system is one of the most expensive in the world, and taking into account people living much longer these days, costs are only set to increase.
But workers on both ends of the scale argue that a singular scheme fails to accommodate for individual’s working lives.
Metro workers, for instance, have a long-negotiated early retirement as compensation for the gruelling work, long hours and endless shifts spent underground.
Thousands of workers from all sectors are taking part, including airport staff, transport workers, police, lawyers and hospital staff.
Will the Eurostar or flights be affected?
Flights are likely to be delayed – 233 flights were cancelled earlier in the week.
Disruption and even cancellation of Eurostar is likely, between London St. Pancras and Gare Du Nord.