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Do train strikes really happen during the holiday season every year in France?

origin 1Travelers face many canceled trains after SNCF ticket inspectors decide to go on strike ©Christophe Ena/AP

Around 200,000 people will be unable to take trains this Christmas weekend in France after ticket controllers decide to go ahead with a massive strike.

SNCF, the French state-owned railway operator, has cancelled a third of its scheduled trains when millions of people started their festive family gatherings.

This resulted in a lot of anger and frustration, especially on social media.

Some Twitter users have claimed that these strikes happen every year during the Christmas holidays in France.

However, the last shot during the Christmas period it was in 2019 due to the pension reform proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The previous one dates back to 1986 – more than 35 years ago – a very rare situation says the French newspaper La Croix.

This is because most of the time the unions and the SNCF manage to negotiate a deal just before the holidays.

But where does this impression come from? Since 1947, there hasn’t been a single year without a train strike in France, according to SNCF data.