a quarter of striking teachers according to the ministry, follow the day of mobilization

What will be the scale of this new day of action against pension reform? More than ten days after a major mobilization
(1.1 million demonstrators according to the government, 2 million according to the unions), the inter-union again calls on the French to take to the streets and strike this Tuesday, January 31 against the government plan
. If the SNCF plans two out of five TGVs on the northern axis, one out of two in the east or one out of four on the Atlantic arc, schools, power plants and refineries will also idle this Tuesday. Follow the mobilization all over the country with France Bleu.

The essential

  • Many sectors are affected by the strike on Tuesday: public transport, schools, energy, public service, but also ski resorts. All forecasts, sector by sector, are to be found in this complete article
  • The government has identified 25.92% of striking teachers.
  • The CGT claims 75% to 100% of strikers in the refineries and depots of TotalEnergies.
  • More than 250 demonstrations are organized in the country, the unions predict a larger mobilization than January 19.
  • In total, 11,000 police and gendarmes will be mobilized throughout France, including 4,000 in Paris
  • A new strike call has been launched at EDF for February 6, 7 and 8.
  • The CGT and Sud-Rail have already called on the railway workers for two days of walkout on February 7 and 8.

Mobilization in transport

This Tuesday at midday, there are 36.5% of strikers at the SNCF, says a union source at franceinfo. This is a provisional count. The unions announced 46% of strikers on January 19 during the first day of mobilization against the pension reform.

Be that as it may, the SNCF network is strongly affected by this strike action. Only two out of five TGVs will circulate on the North axis this Tuesday, one out of two in the East, one out of two on the South-East, one out of four on the Atlantic arc, and two out of five for the Ouigo.

Regional train traffic will also be disrupted: only two out of ten TER will circulate on averageand no Intercités train will run, with the exception of a round trip on the Paris-Clermont-Ferrand, Paris-Limoges-Toulouse and Bordeaux-Marseille routes.

Traffic forecasts at SNCF and RATP for this Tuesday, January 31
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Across the country, disruptions are expected in public transport: buses, metros or trams. In particular, Paris metro traffic will be “very disturbed”. Only automatic metro lines 1 and 14 will run on Tuesday, “with risk of saturation”. Find all the forecasts in transport in Ile-de-France in this article

This Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., 304.8 kilometers of cumulative traffic jams were recorded by Bison Futé everywhere in France. This corresponds to the “usual level”. At the same time last week, Bison Futé noted 279.7 kilometers of accumulated traffic jams in the country.

Finally, in airports, it is mainly the air traffic controllers’ strike that will cause disruptions and delays. One in five flights should be canceled at Paris-Orly. But at Roissy, there should be enough non-striking personnel to ensure the planned program, according to the general directorate of civil aviation.

in education

The ministry counted a rate of striking teachers of 25.92%, including 26.65% in primary and 25.22% in secondary (middle and high schools), on Tuesday. Rates are lower than those of January 19: the rate of striking teachers was then 38.5% on a weighted average, according to the ministry, including 42.35% in primary and 34.66% in secondary.

This Tuesday, the Snes-FSU, the first secondary union, claims a rate of 55% of striking college and high school teachers. For its part, the Snuipp-FSU, the leading primary school union, has predicted that 50% of primary school teachers will be on strike, a rate calculated from the declarations of school teachers collected before the strike.

In the energy sectors

This Tuesday morning, the CGT claims 75 to 100% strikers in refineries and depots of TotalEnergies. The Normandy refinery has 75% of strikers, those of Feyzin (Rhône) and Donges (Loire-Atlantique) have respectively 80 and 90% of strikers, the same thing at the bio-refinery of La Mède (Bouches-du-Rhône), and the fuel depot in Flanders (North) is on 100% strike, according to Eric Sellini, national union coordinator for TotalEnergies.

The fuel shipments are suspended at the TotalEnergies oil depot in Mardyck, near Dunkirk, in the North, reports France Bleu Nord
. On January 19 and 26, the previous two days of mobilization, refineries had operated, but fuel shipments had been blocked for 24 hours each time.

At EDF, the strikers caused load reductions in the power plants of “nearly 3,000 MW”that is the equivalent of three nuclear reactors, but without causing cuts, against the pension reform project, according to the CGT and EDF. Several nuclear power stations, as well as the Cordemais coal-fired power station (Loire-Atlantique) or the Martigues thermal power station (Bouches-du-Rhône) were affected by this movement, which had no “no impact” for users but affected “the commercial exchanges” energy, according to Fabrice Coudour, federal secretary of the FNME-CGT. At EDF, one out of two agents went on strike on January 19.

“Robins Hood” operations also took place in Vienne, reports France Bleu Poitou
: the unions have restored gas and electricity in about fifty homes that were deprived of it following unpaid bills or terminated contracts.

Demonstrations all over France

In addition to the Parisian procession, many events are organized in the country. The Union Syndicale Solidaires has identified 268 gatherings. “That’s 18 more“only on January 19, specifies the union on its Twitter account. Processions are planned in Alsace
in Picardy
in Dordogne
in Sarthe
in Indre et Loire
in Burgundy
in Brittany
in the Charentes
or even in Provence

Of first mobilization figures are announced, everywhere on the France Bleu network. In Toulouse, the inter-union claims 80,000 demonstrators, against 50,000 eleven days ago, reports France Bleu Occitanie
. There are 28,000 demonstrators in Caen according to the CGT
. First battle of figures in Tours, with 20,000 demonstrators according to the unions, when the police give the figure of 15,000. It is more than the mobilization of January 19, note France Bleu Touraine

In Perpignan, the FO union claims 20,000 demonstrators according to France Bleu Roussillon
. The unions also announce 18,000 demonstrators in Cherbourg, 3,000 more than on January 19. Without giving a figure for the moment, the authorities confirm that they have counted more people than during the first demonstration, reports France Bleu Cotentin

For its part, France Bleu Creuse puts forward the figure of 4,300 demonstrators in Guéret
. And according to the Police, 3,000 people are gathered in Albertville

If France Bleu Loire Océan does not advance figures for the moment, the journalists present on the spot share some pictures of the processions “well supplied” like here
In Nantes.

Demonstration against the pension reform in the streets of Nantes.
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Frank Dubray

“Mr. Macron is certain to lose”, estimated Jean-Luc Mélenchon from Marseille
where he manifests. “His reform, nobody wants it! The more the days pass, the more the opposition increases, and him, the more he raises the tone”, continues the former presidential candidate. According to the leader of La France insoumise, which is calling for a referendum, “there will be a before and an after this date of January 31 and from now on we are entering a new phase”.

Radical elements in the Parisian procession?

The authorities fear overflows during the Parisian demonstration between Place d’Italie and Place Vauban on Tuesday. According to a confidential document
territorial information consulted by franceinfo, “1,000 to 2,000 yellow vests” and “200 to 400 radical elements” are expected in the Parisian procession. Up to 100,000 people could demonstrate in Paris, but the mobilization will be particularly important in three other cities, Toulouse (28,500 people), Nantes (26,500 people) and Marseille (22,000 people), according to this information document.

This Monday, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced that 11,000 police and gendarmes would be mobilized throughout France, including 4,000 in Paris

Youth mobilization

High school students gathered in front of several establishments, notably at the call of La Voix lycéenne, the FIDL and the MNL. This was particularly the case in front of Parisian high school students Turgot or Hélène Boucher. In front of the latter, briefly occupied, around forty high school students in caps and masks displayed signs like “Born out” or “2023 we will not be silent”.

On the student side, rallies also took place in the morning, such as at the Saint-Charles site of Aix-Marseille University, where a picket was set up with a banner “Overwhelming reform, student response”. On his side, Sciences Po Paris was busy overnight by fifty students. The last of them left the scene around 10 a.m. “It was a symbolic occupation, told AFP Jean-Baptiste Bonnet, a student at Sciences-Po. “It is not necessarily obvious that it concerns us, but nevertheless it is also our rights”.

General assemblies have been organized in universities in recent days and an inter-union bringing together student organizations such as Unef, Fage, Alternative or young ecologists, called “young people to mobilize massively”saying “not accepting to live in a society that offers precariousness as the only prospect for young people”.

New strike calls

A new strike call has been launched for the February 6, 7 and 8, at EDF and in other companies in the electricity and gas industries in France, said Fabrice Coudour, national secretary at the FNME-CGT (National Federation of Mines and Energy-CGT) on Tuesday. A call for a renewable strike was also filed for February 6 in the refineries.

The CGT and Sud-Rail have already called on the railway workers for two days of walkout on February 7 and 8.

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