Travel to, from and within France is about to become much more difficult with a national strike due to begin at 7pm local time on Wednesday 4 December. The shutdown will affect rail, road and air transport, with the Foreign Office warning the strike “will primarily affect public transport with cancellations and severe delays expected on trains, metros, buses and trams”. Eurostar has cancelled 78 trains, affecting more than 50,000 passengers. Although staff for the cross-Channel train operator are not stopping work, is warning passengers: “The strike action will impact our ability to deliver the usual timetable as we expect disruption to signalling along all routes. In addition, anyone booked to travel on the four days whose train is still running will be able to postpone their trip to a date from 9 December onwards. SNCF, the national train operator, is urging passengers to postpone their journeys. Information on the following day’s services will be provided at 5pm local time the day before. Airlines are expecting severe disruption, with air-traffic controllers expected to walk out from Wednesday evening to Sunday morning. This is likely to disrupt overflights as well as journey...