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Wednesday 4 April 2018

Be very careful if you've booked Eurostar over the next three months

If you have booked to travel on Eurostar over the next three months, or are considering a train ride between London and France and Belgium, you might want to re-think your options.

Eurostar has been forced to cancel dozens of train services from Paris, Lille and Brussels to London this week as French railway workers begin three months of rolling strikes.

The industrial action has been called in protest at French president Emmanuel Macron's moves to modernise the country's economy - and are also likely to disrupt services throughout the rest of the spring and into early summer.

Unions plan to strike for two days in every five in an attempt to force Macron to re-think plans to shake up the SNCF rail monopoly and open it up to competition, as required by EU law, local media report.

Eurostar passengers with tickets for cancelled services are being offered an alternative trip or a full refund.

The cross-Channel train operator is also warning passengers making onward journeys in France over the next few days that French domestic rail services will be disrupted by the SNCF strikes - a familiar occurrence for anyone who has spent any time living in France.

In a message on its website, Eurostar said: "If you are travelling in the weeks ahead, please continue to check back here for more information to see if your journey if affected."

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