French Taxis on Strike Today

Events, Travel Tips, What's New — By renata on May 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

You may have difficulty finding a taxi today (Wednesday 25 May 2011). The newspaper Le Parisien reported this morning that three of the largest taxi companies have called for a “national day of action” to protest against rising fuel prices and taxes. The action is expected to affect taxi services in all the major cities in France. The three taxi companies represent two-thirds of the taxis in France.

Paris new-style taxi

No go today: Paris taxis © Paris Tourist Office / Jacques Lebar

During the morning rush-hour taxis were reported to be gathering near Charles de Gaulle Roissy airport in preparation for a demonstration.

If you are planning to catch a train or a plane today your hotel may be able to help you find a taxi. Otherwise you may need to take other public transport and therefore allow extra time for your journey.

Remember the RER B train goes to Charles de Gaulle airport from central Paris. The stations it serves include Denfert-Rocherau, Saint-Michel/Notre-Dame, Gare du Nord and Chatelet/ Les Halles (this last is not a good choice as the stairs and passageways stretch for miles underground) . There is also an aiport bus from Opéra.

The Paris public transport RATP website has an English-language page that details all the options for getting around Paris by bus, train and métro, including route maps. Other buses for Charles de Gaulle Roissy include the 350 from Gare de l’Est and the 351 from Nation.

As the French say bon courage (take heart) and bonne chance (good luck)!

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