Paris commuters face ongoing difficulties as the transport strike that has paralysed France enters its second week. Railway workers downed their tools indefinitely on 13 November in protest against proposed government pension reforms. However unions have agreed to meet representatives of the state rail company on 21 November for talks which could pave the way for a resolution to the dispute amid reports that some strikers have already returned to work.

Meanwhile postal workers, teachers, air traffic controllers, hospital staff and other state employees are holding a 24-hour stoppage on 20 November over planned job cuts starting next year. Students are also protesting against plans to give universities more leeway to seek private funding.

Though officially separate, some analysts see the two strikes as part of a united