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PARIS, FRANCE (DECEMBER 6, 2019) (REUTERS) COMMUTERS UNSUCCESSFULLY HAILING CROWDED BUS COMMUTERS WAITING FOR BUS CLOSED DOWN METRO STATION WOMEN READING SIGN ON METRO STATION READING (French) "Due to a social movement, line 12 is closed" MAN GOING DOWN METRO STAIRS MAN WALKING AWAY FROM CLOSED METRO GATE METRO SIGN / CLOSED GATE CLOSED METRO GATE FENCE / EMPTY METRO RAILS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE RIDING BIKES AND ELECTRIC SCOOTERS (SOUNDBITE) (French) VELIB SELF-SERVICE BIKE USER, CHARLOTTE PLUMERAULT, SAYING: "I am using a Velib today because it is a strike day and there are no metros. This is the fourth Velib station I walk to in order to find a functioning one." (SOUNDBITE) (French) PASSER-BY, SYLVIE GUILLOU, SAYING: "It is too complicated to take the bus or the metro, one line is open the other is not, so I decided to leave on foot." (SOUNDBITE) (French) ELECTRIC SCOOTER USER, SAYING: "It was impossible for me to find a means of transportation but fortunately there are electric scooters to go around." VARIOUS OF COMMUTER TAKING VELIB BIKE AT STATION TRAIN ARRIVING IN STATION VARIOUS OF COMMUTERS GETTING OFF TRAIN ALMOST DESERTED TRAIN STATION SNCF (PUBLIC TRAIN COMPANY) EMPLOYEES GIVING DIRECTIONS TO COMMUTER SNCF EMPLOYEE GIVING DIRECTIONS TO COMMUTER, LINDA AMSTUTZ (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMUTER, LINDA AMSTUTZ, SAYING: "I have rented a car because it is unsure whether I can get a train from Montpellier... I can get a train to Montpellier, but I don't think I can get a train from Montpellier to Narbonne, which is where my car is." (SOUNDBITE) (French) COMMUTER, PATRICIA JULIAN, SAYING: "We are supportive of the strike but, unfortunately, we had not foreseen that our trip would be on a strike day." VARIOUS OF TRAIN LEAVING STATION VARIOUS OF EMPTY RAILS CARS CROWDING CHAMPS ELYSEES AVENUE LOWER PART OF CARS AT STOP SCOOTER DRIVING ON SIDEWALK BY STOPPED CARS VARIOUS OF CARS ON PARIS RING ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (French) MOTORCYCLE USER, FLORIAN, SAYING: "It is a bit crowded, especially in Paris. In the suburbs, it is alright but as soon as you reach the highway close to Paris, it becomes difficult." VARIOUS OF COMMUTER, IVAN, PREPARING TO RIDE SELF-SERVICE SCOOTER (SOUNDBITE) (French) SELF-SERVICE SCOOTER USER, IVAN, SAYING: "Normally (I commute) with public transportation or Uber, it depends. Today, I chose this method because, since there are no buses and I have to go to the other end of Paris, it is easier to move around." IVAN LEAVING ON SCOOTER
Dateline: 2019

Paris Commuters Find Alternative Ways To Get To Work On Day Two Of Strikes

Item ID: 121669088

By: Reuters

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