French strikes – Latest on Eurostar cancellations to France, Belgium and the Netherlands – The Sun

THERE are strikes taking place across France today to protest the proposed changes to the country's pension system.

While the strikes will mainly affect local transport, the Eurostar has also been forced to cancel a number of services to France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

At the moment, 89 Eurostar services to Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Brussels have already been cancelled between December 5 and 10 – some to take into account the knock on effects of the strike.

Twenty services have been cancelled today alone, while 29 are cancelled tomorrow.

Over the weekend, 11 services are cancelled on Saturday, and 17 on Sunday.

Next week, six trains have been cancelled on both Monday and Tuesday.

Eurostar said that customers who are affected by cancellations will be notified and are advised to check their website for the latest update.

As there will also be disruption to Metro and RER services within Paris, you should check that you're still able to make any connecting trains.

For Metro and RER services in Paris, you can check their website here.

And for local trains, you can check the SNCF website here.

Can you get a refund or exchange your tickets?

Those who are affected by the cancellations are able to exchange their tickets for another day or get a full refund.

Eurostar said: "As the situation is now clearer, exchanges during the strike period are possible, although availability is very limited. We do still advise that you travel outside of the strike period.

"Should you choose to travel between the 5 December and 10 December, we would ask you to check the likely impact for your journey, including any onward connection, before making your exchange."

And for those who are not affected by cancellations, you'll be able to postpone your journey for free.

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Loughton hit and run – First pic of boy, 12, killed after car ploughed into pupils as man, 51, arrested for murder – The Sun

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy was killed when a car ploughed into students outside an Essex school yesterday with police arresting a man on suspicion of murder.

The schoolboy, named locally as Harley Watson, was killed and another five students were injured outside Debden Park High School in Loughton on Monday afternoon.

A 51-year-old man, from Loughton, was arrested overnight on suspicion of murder and six counts of attempted murder.

Among the injured were a four boys aged 12, 13 and two aged 15, along with a 16-year-old girl and 23-year-old woman.

In one tribute posted on social media, Harley was remembered as a "caring" young boy.

The message read: "Today my little mate Harley sadly was involved in a devastated accident which has killed him.

"I know Harley did not deserve any of this because he was a caring boy and would never hurt anyone so everyone please make all your family members that drive a car, to please be careful on the roads."

He added: "Our hearts as praying with Harley's family."

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