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High Winds Warning

High Winds are blowing in the Pyrennees and there are Orange and Red Alerts for various areas. The wind was blowing at over 100 kph with gusts up to 140 kph, said Weather France.

The orange alert has been established in 64 departments and 4 other red until Sunday 21h.

Charente-Maritime, Vendee, Vienne, Deux-Sevres were put on red alert on Saturday afternoon in anticipation of the arrival of the storm early in the night. Regions affected by the orange alert : Alsace, Auvergne, Basse-Normandy, Burgundy, Brittany, Central, Champagne-Ardennes, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Limousin, Lorraine, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de Loire, Picardy and Poitou-Charentes, and the departments of Ain, Dordogne, Gironde, Isère, the Loire, Rhône, Haute-Saône and Territoire de Belfort.

Serious damage can be expected. Weather France recommends limiting travel and if possible plan to avoid the threatened areas. Traffic conditions may be difficult and some local disturbances may affect air, rail and sea travel.

It is best to check local weather conditions with Aujourd'hui – France – La météo sur france2.fr – France 2

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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More Flight and Travel Strikes

Four of the Pilot’s Unions of Air France have voted to go ahead with their strike from 26th February to 1st March.

http://fr.reuters.com/article/topNews/idFRPAE61O0FP20100225

In addition, the strike by air traffic controllers continues today (Thursday 25th February) for the third consecutive day.
There was a cancellation of half the flights from Orly and 15% of flights from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle. Disruptions are expected across the territory, said a statement.

http://fr.reuters.com/article/topNews/idFRPAE61O02P20100225

There are also problems with strikes on Ferries from Marseilles to Corsica.

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Posted by on February 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Total Oil Workers Strike Suspended

The Strike by Total Oil workers has been suspended after various Union demands were met. There is to be a review of France’s energy needs and Total will review its refinery needs.

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Posted by on February 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Strike hits Flights from Paris Airports

plane at airportFlights have been cancelled at the two main Paris airports as French air traffic controllers begin a five-day strike. Half of the flights in and out of Orly airport and one in four from Charles de Gaulle have been cancelled.
Staff are protesting because of an agreement which was signed by six nations, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland, to modernise air traffic control that may lead to job losses.

The strike is taking place during a school holiday in France. It is said by analysts that Union leaders were hoping to put pressure on President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government ahead of regional elections next month.

So if you are flying to France in the near future it may be a good idea to check your flight with your airline.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Total Oil Workers Strike Continues

On the seventh day of their strike, The Total Oil Workers picketing the Dunkirk refinery voted on Monday afternoon to continue with their strike by having a 24hr strike for Today, Tuesday 23rd February. Already over 130 Total Service Stations are running short of fuel.
One of their demands has been met in that a meeting has been brought forward to March 8th from March 29th. However the strikers are also asking for a freeze in closures of refinery sites, in particular the Dunkirk site, for the next five years.

So if you are heading off to France in the next few days it might be a good idea to at least start off with a full tank of petrol ! Bon Voyage !

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Posted by on February 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Total Oil Workers Strike

The French Government has pledged that the public will not be affected by petrol or diesel shortages as a result of the continuing strike by Total Oil Workers. The workers, from France’s largest oil company, have been picketing the company’s six main refineries in France for more than a month.

The dispute is over the possible closure of Total’s Dunkirk refinery. Total stopped production at the refinery last September because of a fall in demand. Talks between Total and the CGT union broke down on Sunday 21st February.

The CGT is now calling for the strike to spread to the two French oil refineries owned by US group Exxon Mobil, where strikes are planned for Tuesday.  The union says that 80% of Total’s refinery workers remain on strike.

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Posted by on February 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Another Eurostar Train Breaks Down

More than 700 passengers have had to be rescued from a broken down Paris to London Eurostar train in Kent late on Sunday 21st Feb after it experienced what the company said was a “major technical problem”. Passengers had to wait for a replacement train that arrived more than an hour later.

Eurostar apologised for the incident and said there would be a full investigation into what had caused the electrically powered train to stop.  Eurostar would not confirm passengers’ claim that lights in the carriages had failed and they were sitting in the dark for two hours or reports that the power car had become detached from the rest of the train. There were also reports that the air conditioning and toilets had failed.
 
Eurostar said there was not expected to be any disruption to services later and passengers should check in as normal.

The incident is the latest problem to hit Eurostar. Several trains broke down in December when heavy snowfall affected the trains.

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Posted by on February 22, 2010 in Uncategorized