On an ordinary day, one train leaves every 5 minutes at peak hour from these platforms... but not today.
That's because the personnel of the French railways SNCF is on a nationwide strike against privatization and reforms. Next week, the French Parliament will vote on allowing new players to enter the lucrative high speed railway market. France has one of the densest networks of trains that run at speeds of over 300 kilometers an hour. But the reforms could lead to an end of the monopoly the national railway company, the SNCF. Passengers are hoping they will find a seat on one of the rare trains still running. Those who did manage to travel by train are affected by a taxi strike. Labor Unions say they might continue with the strike if the government doesn't pay attention to their calls.