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Driving to the UK on 1st May, Will the French Strike?

I am going on a road trip in a Van to London on 1st May through France, then back again on the 3rd with personal belongings.

After the channel ferry blockade this week, I am serious worried that the French may strike again, block the road, ferry etc, especially on 1st May, seems an excellent date to have a strike.

But then I thought, How dumb to have a strike on a pubic holiday and a weekend? Strike on a holiday is not really a strike, its a demonstration. It would be better off to have a strike on a working day.

What do you think? Had the french striked before during weekend and holidays? Should I make the trip. or is it going to be very likely disrupted?
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Re: Driving to the UK on 1st May, Will the French Strike?

why not cross from holland?
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Re: Driving to the UK on 1st May, Will the French Strike?

the french could strike any minute of any day - you'll never make the trip if you worry about them! go for it.
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I am going on a road trip in a Van to London on 1st May through France, then back again on the 3rd with personal belongings.

After the channel ferry blockade this week, I am serious worried that the French may strike again, block the road, ferry etc, especially on 1st May, seems an excellent date to have a strike.

But then I thought, How dumb to have a strike on a pubic holiday and a weekend? Strike on a holiday is not really a strike, its a demonstration. It would be better off to have a strike on a working day.

What do you think? Had the french striked before during weekend and holidays? Should I make the trip. or is it going to be very likely disrupted?
On the contrary, the 1st May is probably THE best day to get your placards out if you have a beef about your working conditions.
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Re: Driving to the UK on 1st May, Will the French Strike?

Crossing from Holland will add significant amount of driving time; Rotterdam - Calais is about 3 more hours in a van. Why don't you take the Eurotunnel?
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Crossing from Holland will add significant amount of driving time; Rotterdam - Calais is about 3 more hours in a van. Why don't you take the Eurotunnel?
from ZRH to the dam is actually closer by 7 minutes!! (c;

zrh - the dam

zrh - calais

yes you will spend longer on the ferry and arrive at a different location in UK but that is for the OP to decide.

I think the protesters are aware that the Tunnel exists. no reason why they would not blockade that too!
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Re: Driving to the UK on 1st May, Will the French Strike?

are you looking for a companion i might be intrested in a lift there and back artizan
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from ZRH to the dam is actually closer by 7 minutes!! (c;

zrh - the dam

zrh - calais

yes you will spend longer on the ferry and arrive at a different location in UK but that is for the OP to decide.

I think the protesters are aware that the Tunnel exists. no reason why they would not blockade that too!
Not a bad idea, but the Dam crossing is considerably more expensive than french ports. I am now thinking move the date to 1st Jun weekend, 1st Jun is not a special day in France, is it?
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Re: Driving to the UK on 1st May, Will the French Strike?

They will not strike on the May 1 'cause it is already a public holiday. It is usually before and after one and always during the work week (as you mentioned).
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They will not strike on the May 1 'cause it is already a public holiday. It is usually before and after one and always during the work week (as you mentioned).
Nice one... This was why the channel blockade started after the Easter break.. by then, I will be back in Switerland.

Off the topic, Did Swiss ever striked before?
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Not a bad idea, but the Dam crossing is considerably more expensive than french ports. I am now thinking move the date to 1st Jun weekend, 1st Jun is not a special day in France, is it?
lateral thinking on my part. just thought i'd throw it out there. although nothing is sure would the crossing from the dam be more expensive if you were more confident of doing it than taking the calais route and sitting for days in a blockade?

these were not mentioned in the OP so you have to decide.

1st June is Whit Weekend! (pentecost) i.e. public holiday.
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Re: Driving to the UK on 1st May, Will the French Strike?

We got caught in the blockade and booked the channel tunnel which was a new experience. Not a bad option if they are not blocking it!

As mentioned before if you worry about the French striking you would never go! It seems to be the one thing the French do well.
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Re: Driving to the UK on 1st May, Will the French Strike?

I'd go for an easier option. Drive to Oostende in Belgium (Basel-Strasbourg-Metz-Luxembourg-Bruxelles-Oostende), which takes about 7 hours from Zürich, then over to Ramsgate on the ferry.

I just drove to Oostende last week, it's about the same distance as Calais and as you only have 2 sections of froggy péage freeway, it'll be cheaper (get gas in Luxembourg) and then you only have the Bruxelles ring road to slow you up. It's also a more interesting drive than that god-awful Metz-Reims freeway section (with all the stupid colored shapes by the road).
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Re: Driving to the UK on 1st May, Will the French Strike?

It tends to be the ferry routes to Dover that get blockaded first. The tunnel and other routes usually escape the problems.

I would put the odds at 50/50 or worse.
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I am going on a road trip in a Van to London on 1st May through France, then back again on the 3rd with personal belongings.

After the channel ferry blockade this week, I am serious worried that the French may strike again, block the road, ferry etc, especially on 1st May, seems an excellent date to have a strike.

But then I thought, How dumb to have a strike on a pubic holiday and a weekend? Strike on a holiday is not really a strike, its a demonstration. It would be better off to have a strike on a working day.

What do you think? Had the french striked before during weekend and holidays? Should I make the trip. or is it going to be very likely disrupted?
If the sun shines between 10.04 and 11.55hrs at the eastern meridian, and the pope wears red underwear then there is a potential that maybe certain elements in France could possibly consider holding a strike. There again they might not !

Who knows when the bloody French will strike, it's a national pastime and they know exactly when to do it to get maximum benefit. If you want totaly risk free, go via Holland or fly and rent a car over their!
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