French unions were striking on Thursday (read more here) to voice their displeasure with the government’s plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.
The strike affected the travel sector as many train services were not operational, and Air Traffic Controllers also took part by providing only the minimum required service.
It is probably the best idea to avoid travel to/from/via France on January 31, 2023, as there can be unexpected delays and cancellations, especially if you need to reach the airport using public transportation. There can also be significant protests in city centers.
This is the second time Macron’s government has tried to institute these changes. The first time they backed off after extensive protests.
Not trying to get too political, but 62 is a really low retirement age today when the current life expectancy in France is 82 years. Likely, the French retirement system cannot handle paying for 20+ years.
Let’s hope they can find a sustainable resolution acceptable to all parties.