An ongoing strike by customs officers in France is continuing to cause disruption on Eurostar trains, with the company telling passengers not to travel unless “absolutely necessary” until at least 24 March.

The ‘work-to-rule’ strike by customs officers across the country is in relation to the French government’s plan to hire an extra 700 officers over the next three years to deal with the fall-out of Brexit, which unions say will not be enough to handle the increased demand.

Eurostar customers took to social media over the weekend to vent their frustration over queues of more than five hours at Paris Gare du Nord.

The company has cancelled several trains bound for London in advance, including the 2103 on Tuesday, the 0704, 0837 and 2103 trains on Wednesday, the 0704 and 2103 services on Thursday and the 0737, 0903, 1437 and 2103 departures on Friday.

Other services could run behind schedule at short notice throughout the day.

Passengers are being offered the chance to change their ticket to a later date at no extra cost or request a full refund.

Last week, unions representing customs officers at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport joined the strike, calling on staff to carry out longer and more rigorous checks than usual until 1 April.

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