The ongoing general strike in France has forced Eurostar to operate a reduced timetable to mitigate disruption until 12 December.

The high-speed rail line linking London and France said it expects disruption to signalling along all routes and is asking all passengers to try to travel outside of the strike period. Customers are allowed to change their ticket free of charge to avoid the disruption.

Anyone who chooses to attempt their journey is advised to check the status of their Eurostar service, as dozens of trains have been cancelled each day between now and Thursday.

French state-owned rail operator SNCF said it also expects severe disruption to Metro and RER services in Paris, as well as connecting trains to all destinations within the country.

Workers across France are protesting against president Emmanuel Macron’s planned pension reforms. Macron claims his new points-based system will be fairer, but at least 800,000 people demonstrated on the first day of the strike, 5 December, calling for the leader to abandon his campaign.

French unions believe the proposed changes could mean some employees will have to work longer for a lower pension.

The protest has hit multiple transport options throughout France, with 90 per cent of SNCF’s high-speed trains cancelled on 6 December. Airlines including Air France, Easyjet and Ryanair also had to drop flights following disruption, which lead to traffic jams along major roads in and around Paris.

Workers have warned that the strike could continue if the government fails to act on their demands by the end of this week.

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