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A regional train strike has been called on French railways from 7 pm on Monday, December 12, until 8 am on Wednesday, December 14. In practical terms, this is likely to cause major disruptions during the evening commute on Monday and well into the day on Wednesday on the TER service to and from Monaco Monte-Carlo.
SNCF, the French train operator, will not publish a timetable for trains operating on the three affected days until Saturday, December 11. From that date, in addition to travel information on the regional website, provisional details will be published on posters at railway stations.
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Drivers and passengers of motorcycles and scooters on French roads must wear thick gloves from November 20 or risk being fined. According to a European study, wearing approved gloves can significantly reduce most (95%) of hand injuries. Two-wheeler users who ignore the new rule will be fined €68, or €45 if paid on the spot or within 15 days.
The new rule was first announced last year but has just been published in the official journal. The driver will lose 1 point on his licence. Not wearing a helmet entails a fine of €135 and 3 points.