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Paris end of October 2010 - effect of strikes ??

Can any of the regular Paris posters either resident or visitor comment on the effect that the current situation with strikes has had or may have with

1) the metro - I assume it would be the last transit to shut down - but thats just an assumption

2) the ability of resturants to bring in the quality and freshenss of the produce they need to maintain therir standards.

Any information helpful. Sorry if this post is not appropriate - new to this board.

Will post on return the impressions fo the 'death by foi gras" tour

Regards

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  1. I just got back on Friday and it was fine. The only major disruption was that the RER B train which goes from the airport into town was not operating. It cost 56 Euros for a taxi to the airport, versus 8.70 Euros for the metro and train. We ate at Les Cocottes de Constant and it was great. The metro seemed fine.

    1. We survived two strikes. Each time the Metro shut down such that you could actually still get around, but everything was harder. For example, we took the RER in from CDG expecting to get off in the 5th. The train died one stop short of Gare Nord. We walked over to another line and got to Gare Nord. There we got a train to the exit we wanted. No fun with three bags each. On another outing the train just stopped and we were all told to leave. So, we hiked up to the street and got a cab. If you are coming in to CDG, I'd recommend that you order up a driver.

      We didn't notice any problems at the restaurants with food quality or menu size.

      These strikes are like Chinese Opera...lots of noise, insults and threats as both sides line up, but not much else. We sat at an outdoor cafe just north of the Palais Royal Metro entrance sipping coffee when the police rolled up in MANY buses and ran a barriar between us and the rioters moving toward the government building there...I asked my waiter if we should run. He said, "Some people are angry and want to show it. The police have to respond. Enjoy your cafe leger and relax. Nothing will happen." And, nothing happened except a lot of noise.

      1. Today's a strike day, but RATP and SNCF are reporting that transit IN Paris is running at mostly-normal schedules.

        It's not as bad as some of the recent strike days -- and so far, supplies seem to be running normally.

        Transit information here: www.sncf.com (general updates) - www.ratp.fr (Paris local transport) - www.infolignes.com (long-haul train updates) - www.abcdtrains.com (regional Paris transport, including to/from CDG)

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        1. re: sunshine842

          I arrive in Paris this Thursday and had planned to head out to Normandy by train and rent a car after that but rather than make reservations that cannot be honored I think I'll spend the weekend in Paris and head out early next week (hopefully things will be less chaotic by then).

          I'm just really glad I hadn't made any hard reservations that could not be canceled and as such can roll with whatever comes up.

          As long as I eventually get to my favorite Calvados makers -that's all I care about!

        2. Some buses and bus-stops this AM were crowded , #3 and 8 Metros were reporting some trouble, RER A was 2/3 trains and RER B 1/2 trains with no assured connection at the Gare du Nord which has been the case since last week.

          50% of Orly flights were cancelled, 30 % of CdG ones.

          I've found the best site is the French 24-hour TV channel http://www.france24.com/en/20101019-n...

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          1. re: John Talbott

            Very helpful link. Thanks John. My connection is through London so figured the plane would have enough fuel to do a turnaround from CDG or they could stick me on the Chunnel train which looks to be running ok.

          2. "2) the ability of resturants to bring in the quality and freshenss of the produce they need to maintain therir standards." I cannot speak for other neighborhoods but my outdoor and indoor fruits and vegetables look pretty normal and the trucks for the outdoor markets had no trouble getting into the city this AM. The webcams on FR2 did show some slowness on some roads due to Operation Escargot.