France not a happy travel destination this week

Ahhh, to be in Paris in the fall, when most tourists are absent and it's just the French you have to worry about. Sorry, but this week isn't a time to be a traveler to France, with workers in the transport and oil sectors staging strikes to protest a government plan to raise from 60 to 62 the age when they qualify for a pension. Airlines have been warned that they shouldn't fly into the country's major airports without enough fuel to get out again. The trains are a mess. If you can avoid it, stay away until matters settle down. Read more on the background of the disputes in this AP story.