Update: Day seven and still no train service. Thousands of protesters took to the streets across France as teachers and civil servants staged a 24-hour walkout, joining striking transport and energy workers. C'est ferme! The Paris metro map at my neighbourhood metro station. On day four of the Paris transit strike over workers' pension and retirement benefits, train service is erratic at best. Line 10 has remained closed for days, with no alternative routes offered. This presents a problem, as I must return to the Antiquites Brocante at Bastille to pick up the second of two antique Moroccan lanterns purchased last week - and the brocante ends Sunday!
An electronic sign at the metro station provides a status report for metro lines and the RER trains. On Friday night, David picked up his son and daughter arriving from London at the Eurostar terminal at Gare de Nord. What should have been a 20-minute drive across town, took three hours, due to heavy traffic. Aren't you glad you're not in Paris at the moment?