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March/April 2019

French customs strike hits airports and Eurostar

A sign reading customs in English and French

Eurostar services and airports in France have been affected by a ‘work-to-rule’ strike by customs officers that could last until after Brexit.

Saturday was the sixth day of strikes for customs officers in charge of Eurostar trains and the Channel port of Calais and the first that officers at airports had joined.

Eurostar says it is expecting delays of up to two hours on all services from Paris Gare du Nord and Lille until 12 March due to the strike. As a result, it has cancelled the 1637 and 2034 trains from Paris to London St Pancras today (11 March) and the 0837 and 1604 trains from Paris to London on Tuesday.

The company is recommending that passengers not travel unless necessary.

All unions representing customs officers at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport called for strikes until 1 April, with workers carrying out longer and more rigorous checks than usual on Saturday to demonstrate what could happen in a no-deal Brexit scenario, according to Yahoo! News.

Unions are concerned that the French government’s plan to hire an extra 700 customs officials over three years will not be enough to deal with the demands of Brexit.

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Unions representing customs officers at Paris-Charles de Gaulle have called for a work-to-rule strike until 1 April. This means that while officers are working, they are carrying out longer checks so there are delays for those arriving to Paris.

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