Saturday 10 December 2016

Reports of suspicious package on Paris metro and strikes causing travel chaos for Irish fans

Wayne O'Connor and Ralph Riegel

Published 14/06/2016 | 13:19

Irish fans who have been utilising public transport can expect delays
Pic: Mark Condren
Irish fans who have been utilising public transport can expect delays Pic: Mark Condren

Travel woes for Irish fans in Paris have been hampered even further by security issues and strikes today.

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Reports of a suspicious package on the Paris metro has led to the closure of specific routes in the city between popular tourist sites.

Rail staff have been sweeping train carriages on the Balard-Créteil line used by Irish fans yesterday to get to the Stade de France.

The line was closed shortly after 1.30pm but is expected to reopen later.

Strike action has also hampered the travel plans of 100,000 Ireland supporters in the French capital.

Some taxi drivers in the city are striking over working conditions and pay as many scramble to airports to fly home after last night's match with Sweden.

Air France pilots are also striking over pay and Woking conditions with a number of flights to and from Paris cancelled.

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