Paris Metro stations to close during Bastille Day fireworks

Paris transport authorities have released a list of closures during the July 14th fireworks display.

Paris Metro stations to close during Bastille Day fireworks
The fireworks will go ahead this year, but without the crowds. Photo: AFP

July 14th marks France's fête nationale – known in the Anglophone world as Bastille Day – and although celebrations are scaled back this year, the traditional fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower is going ahead.

Spectators will not be allowed at the Tower, instead people can watch on TV or from the top of the Montparnasse Tower – with advance tickets only. Likewise the Champs de Mars concert is going ahead but without a live audience.

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But despite the lack of crowds, there will still be closures on several Metro, bus and RER lines on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

From 4pm the following stations will be closed;

  • Pont de l'Alma, Tour Eiffel, Champs de mars and Kennedy Radio France on RER line C
  • Bir Hakeim on line 6
  • Ecole Militaire on line 8
  • Trocadero on line 6 and 9
  • Iéna and Alma Marceau on line 9

From 7pm the closures will extend to;

  • Javel on RER C and Metro line 10
  • Invalides on RER C and lines 8 and 13
  • La Motte Piquet Grenelle on lines 6, 8 and 10
  • Sevres Lecourb, Dupleix, Cambronne, Passy, Boissière, and Kléber on line 6
  • La Tour Maubourg on line 8
  • Rue de la Pompe on line 9
  • Saint François Xavier and Varenne on line 10
  • Eglise d'Auteuil, Emile Zola, Boulogne Pont de Saint Cloud, Boulogne Jean Jaurès, Chardon Lagache, Charles Michel, Charles Ange Auteuil, Michel-Ange Molitar, Mirabeau, Porte d'Auteuil and Ségur on line 10

Transport operator RATP says the stations will reopen 'at the order of Paris police'



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Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed

Striking airport workers have blocked part Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with some flights already delayed by at least one hour.

Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed
Striking airport workers outside Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP

Last month, trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) – the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports – called for a strike between July 1st and July 5th in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

A second wave of protests are expected next week, after a strike notice was filed for July 9th.

Tensions mounted on Friday morning as some 400 protesters staged a raucous demonstration at CDG’s terminal 2E, which mostly deals with flights outside the Schengen zone, as police officers looked on.

At Orly airport, meanwhile, some 250 people demonstrated “outside”, while a small group was inside.

The dispute is over a long-term plan by ADP to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.

The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.

Unions say that staff face dismissal if they do not sign the new contracts.

ADP said on Wednesday that it expected ‘slight delays for some flights but no cancellations’ to services – but it urged travellers to follow its social media operations for real-time updates.

On Thursday, the first day of action, 30 percent of flights were delayed between 15 minutes and half-an-hour.

ADP’s CEO Augustin de Romanet had said on Tuesday that ‘everything would be done to ensure no flight is cancelled’. 

ADP reported a loss of €1.17 billion in 2020. 

Stressing that discussions are continuing over the proposed new contracts, the CEO called for “an effort of solidarity, with a red line: no forced layoffs.”