French workers strike

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  1. TM59

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    Can I suggest a new thread as a point of reference for those currently in France and those intending to travel to France in the coming days or weeks. The thread would cover all aspects of the strike action affecting funsters. Information such as fuel, routes to avoid, assistance needed by other funsters, places to park up if stranded, the list is endless.

    Basically a single point of refence until the strikes end.

    TM
     
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  2. TM59

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    I am currently in Vias. Today I was able to get fuel at Hyper U in Agde. I passed several fuel station in Sete which were closed.
     
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  3. Smith and Sharp

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    Great idea.....:giggle:
     
  4. jumar

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    Seconded, Great Idea......keep it factual, to the point and without any speculation. We will be in France shortly and I think this could be a great help to me and others.
     
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    On French news this morning......

    All Nuclear power plants are now on strike, as are all major refineries. Fuel, petrol, DERV etc is being provided from reserve stocks with an estimated reserve for some three months. Some filling stations are rationing fuel although we had no problem filling up yesterday.

    The Pont de Normandie was occupied by demonstrators earlier today in an attempt to disrupt Western Channel traffic but protesters have been removed by Police.

    Francois Hollande has said that there is no chance of changing the main body of the Law in dispute, but there is room to discuss minor changes around the edges.

    I think this situation is likely to get worse for a while yet.
     
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  6. EssexBoy

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    I notice that there hasn't been one mention of the strikes on the BBC news.

    Are they afraid of being accused of promoting Brexit?
     
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  7. Badknee

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    We cross on 28th June and have decided to turn left for Holland/Germany if it hasn't been sorted.
     
  8. Autowbars

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    Airports and ferry terminals affected today too
     
  9. maison

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    Lifted from France.24 this morning. I hope this helps to explain the situation a bit better.





    "The blockades are part of a wave of social unrest that has seen thousands take to the streets in often violent protests against labour reforms proposed by President François Hollande's deeply unpopular Socialist government. Commonly called the ‘El Khomri law’ – after Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri – the law, at first sight, appears to make good sense. The new legislation is aimed at boosting the French economy – which is no longer driven by manufacturing and consumption of goods "made in France" – by promoting innovation, improving competitiveness and giving companies greater flexibility.

    This implies the ability to get rid of obsolete jobs in order to create new, more forward-looking ones in tune with the demands of a global market and changing consumer aspirations. Younger generations, for instance, want to consume less, and are more focused on eco-friendly, "smart" options. The law also seeks to redistribute income in their favour since today, it’s the pensioners who are seeing their share of national income rise. To achieve these goals, the government is attempting to remove obstacles to hiring and replacing the notion of job security with “career path security”.
     
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    I noticed that too. It was only on once yesterday.
     
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    Over the last few days we have driven from Narbonne up to Millau then Clermont FD and on to Moulins and Troyes. Heading for Brussels, seen one small station in Moulins with 3 out of 4 pumps out of action but otherwise no problems filling, no queues, no rationing.

    But of course situations change very quickly so be on your guard.

    Martin
     
  12. Ber090

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    Good idea. We are at Villeneuve sur lot and intend to stay here til early next week before heading slowly north to the tunnel which is booked for 15th June. I reckon we are 50 litres short of getting to Calais. We have not had any issues filling yet and are nearly full.
    Cheers
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    Great idea we are due to cross on the tunnel on the 16th June so will watch to see how the situation is nearer to the date and make a decision then but if someone has some suggestions on other places to visit.

    Richard
     
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    Northern France is always overlooked, by motorhomers, you can spend a holiday there , no problem and the weather will be ok in June , don't need a lot of fuel to get there, and if need be you could always nip into Belgium or even Luxembourg and get it cheaper(y):)
     
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    This is a good article detailing the reasons for the strikes and protest.. it looks like it may be a protracted dispute..

    France Could Be Immobilized by Massive Protests Over Labor Law Reforms
    http://time.com/4348204/france-labor-law-reform-strikes/

    We have a ferry brooked for the last w/e of June .. and a site booked on the Med for a week in July , €89 deposit paid.. If not resolved will head for Bavaria ..
     
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    Give France a mis and head for Mosel in Germany. It is only 300 miles from Calais. It can be got to in a day using Belgium motorways. If you want to break drive nice Belgium aire at Malmedy Fuel €1.06 ltr in Germany.
     
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    So are we Jim, Bavaria sounds good. (y)
     
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    good plan.. we also like Mosel.. last time we were there was 2005..

    up the Mosel to Koblenz.. turn right and follow the Rhine to Bavaria (y)

    off to dust down my 2005 BordAtlas :LOL:
     
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    Many a true word spoken in jest. There's a lot of shit going on that they are keeping quiet about.
     
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    Maybe there needs to be a new thread started?
    " F**k France, go to Germany" :Eeek::rofl::rofl:
     
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