All trains running between France and Spain from today until Monday are canceled by the strike of conductors of the French railway company SNCFwhich globally has forced the cancellation of 60% of French long-distance trains, including high-speed trains (TAV).
On international lines, circulations with Spain are the ones that are most affected these four days by unemployment in relative terms, confirmed the National Railway Company (SNCF), since a third of the services are maintained with Italy and Switzerland, and half with Germany.
In addition, the Thalys connecting Paris with Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne and the Eurostar between Paris and London are operating normally.
In the interior of France, a third of the TGVs will circulate during these four days in the east of the country and in the southeast, a quarter in the Atlantic axis, half in the north and a quarter of those of the brand low cost Ouigo.
Only half of the conventional long-distance trains will be in service and none of the night trains.
The unions SUD-Rail, CFDT and FO support this protest in which there is above all wage claimsbut not the CGT, which is the first central of the SNCF.
In France there are almost 10,000 conductors, of whom around 3,000 work on the TGV and other long-distance trains.
In the case of connections between Spain and France (Paris-Barcelona, Lyon-Barcelona and Marseille-Barcelona-Madrid), cancellations occur one week after the end of their joint exploitation by SNCF and Renfe.
The French railway company decided in February unilaterally break the agreement with Renfe Starting next week, only one of these three connections will operate solo, the one from Paris to Barcelona, because it considers that it cannot make profit from the others.
As the French authorities have not yet given the certificates that Renfe has requested to continue operating the Lyon-Barcelona and Marseille-Barcelona lines, they will disappear next week.
(With information from EFE)
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