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Are the French always on strike?

With my husband we went twice to Paris, the City of Love, but trust me, the Romance fades quickly in front of the struggling with the French people. The first time, when we went to visit the Eiffel Tower, guess what? The employees were on strike, for some reason. So it was closed and no way to know when it would re-open. The second time, we finally were able to get in (after queuing for hours), but that's all we were able to enjoy because next, it was the employees of the public transportation who were on strike! Almost no bus or subways and no information, so you had to wait like an ass.

If French people's working conditions are so horrible, okay, go defend your rights, I understand, but in that case why do you penalize others and especially tourists? If you want to pressure your employers, then why don't you simply give free accesses? I am sure that if you make transportation or the entry of the Eiffel Tower free, your boss will hurry finding a solution to the problem. Otherwise, from a foreigner's point of view, it simply looks like you are selfish and you want a day off to stay in bed. Sorry if I sound rude, but I hope you'll understand how this is upsetting, when you've worked hard and saved money and scheduled vacations on the other side of the World only to find a closed door.


by: G-1023


December 13, 2014 (5 years ago)

7 Replies & Comments

Hi Jen,

I am very sorry you had such bad experience with my compatriots and I hope you will not make of particular cases a generality, I am sure we can also be very welcoming. Of-course, I cannot deny that there is often strikes and protest movements here in France, and I am the first to regret that it can have a negative impacts about the image of France and French people.

Hope you'll give us another try 🙂

by: Urban Legend

Message #1

January 05, 2015 (5 years ago)

lol! I keep hearing that french continue to get paid when they are strike! So why would you bother working if you still get the money.

by: Kid8287

Message #2

February 23, 2015 (4 years ago)

You are so rude! This is not true. French are not always on strike, they are sometimes on vacations too! 😛 -AJ

by: AngryJack

Message #3

February 25, 2015 (4 years ago)

French carry this reputation of being constantly on strike, and angry. May be they should have another of their Revolutions, and set up a new society.

by: G-324

Message #4

March 30, 2015 (4 years ago)

Strikes are the closest thing they can do to surrendering!!! ;^)

by: G-329

Message #5

March 31, 2015 (4 years ago)

No, "we" are not always on strike, sometimes we are on vacation*!

*"we" are not dumb, we never strike during "our" vacations, or week-ends.

by: G-786

Message #6

February 18, 2016 (3 years ago)

Ha, ha!

A friend of mind is French, so this gives me the right to tease on this subject 🙂 .

More seriously, it's true that to me, French are grumpy, and always complaining. I don't know if this is legitimate, but they seem to be always dissatisfied, and so they express themselves, in streets, and by running strikes.

Now, it also looks to me that, most of the strikes are the fact of a minority of persons, so we might not judge or make it a generality.

I've been watching a bit of the news, and I saw that even before their new President entered in function, there has been a manifestation against him in the streets!


by: G-1326

Message #7

May 16, 2017 (2 years ago)

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