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.