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Transport blocked in Paris Friday as metro workers strike

media A metro by the Eiffel Tower. Friday this line (6) and nine others are closed due to a strike by workers over pension reforms. Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Nearly every metro line is closed in Paris on Friday morning, as expected following a call to strike by workers with the RATP, the company that manages the system, against pension reforms.

Ten out of 16 lines are closed for the whole day. Road traffic has been building up during the morning rush hour.

Lines 4, 7, 8 and 9, along with the RER A and B are the only lines running, but only during rush hour (6:30-9am, and 5-8pm), and only on certain branches, with limited number of stops and trains.

Do not count on the RER B to get you to either Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports.

Some stations are closed, including Montparnasse, Opera and Gare de l’Est.

One out of three busses is running, and one out of two trams.

The only fully-operational metro lines are 1 and 14, which are automated. Some RER lines run by the SNCF are running, including the C, D and E (though the RER D had a signal problem on Friday morning, impacting traffic).

Traffic will return to normal at 5:30am on Saturday morning, ahead of the RATP’s first test of running the metros all night over the weekend.

La RATP has apologised to travellers, and says it has deployed 1,000 agents to provide security and information.

Many companies have recommended their employees work from home.

Some 200 kilometres of traffic jams have been recorded in the Paris area.

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