French railways operator SNCF has finally reopened Christmas chaperoned train services for unaccompanied minors which had been cancelled because of continuing strike action against proposed pension reforms, which was notably due to affect children from divorced couples living far apart.
Many travellers are reconsidering their holiday travel plans as unions stood united in their opposition to the government's plans to fuse the country's 42 pension schemes into a single, points-based system.
A total of 97,000 security personnel from the police and armed forces are being deployed across France over the Christmas period in what the interior ministry described as “the context of a still-elevated terrorist threat”.
Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has announced tightened security over the Christmas period for many of France's 50,000 churches.
Interior minister urges local parishes to strengthen protection measures next week; in April a plot to attack a church near Paris was foiled.