Europe 1 with AFP 10:38 a.m., July 05, 2022

This Wednesday, rail traffic should be very disrupted throughout France, due to a strike by SNCF railway workers, who are demanding an increase in wages.

A quarter of the TGVs should be removed, TER traffic and that of Ile-de-France will also be affected.

On the Ouigo side, two out of three should be maintained.

TER traffic should be severely disrupted on Wednesday July 6 by a strike, while around a quarter of TGVs should be canceled on the eve of the summer holidays, SNCF Voyageurs said on Monday.

Only two out of five TER should circulate.

The region-by-region detail still needs to be clarified.

Unions demand higher wages

On the TGV side, three out of five trains should run on the East axis, three out of four trains on the North and Atlantic axes, and four out of five trains on the South-East axis.

Two out of three Ouigo should be maintained, while international traffic (Eurostar, Thalys, Lyria) should be "almost normal", according to SNCF Voyageurs.

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The four representative unions of the SNCF (CGT, Unsa, SUD-Rail and CFDT) have called for a strike to demand wage increases in the face of soaring inflation.

Very disrupted traffic in Ile-de-France

Local traffic in Ile-de-France should also be very disrupted, with one in two trains on lines B, C, D, E of the RER, and on lines J, L, N, R, U of the Transilien.

Many Intercités should be removed, with one train in three on average, and no traffic on the Nantes-Bordeaux, Nantes-Lyon or Toulouse-Hendaye lines.

Night trains are canceled on Wednesday evening, with the exception of Paris-Nice.

The CEO of the SNCF Jean-Pierre Farandou had estimated at the end of June that the departures on vacation were "not threatened" despite this call for a strike, assuring that the railway workers would be increased.

"We put the subjects on the table, we try to build a balance, because increasing wages is one thing, but there is also an economic issue: it costs and we have to pay attention to the impact on the price of tickets for example”, added Mr. Farandou on Public Senate.

"At the end of the year, the company must remain balanced so as not to cost the country".

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