However, France was not importing power from neighbors, suggesting that domestic supply was meeting demand.
Opinion polls show a majority of voters oppose President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to delay the state pension age by two years to 64, but the government says the policy change is essential to ensure the system does not go bust.
Job action in Belgium
In neighboring Belgium, only one in three trains were running on Friday, rail operator SNCB/NMBS said, as public sector workers went on strike nationwide to protest over a lack of staff, reduced budgets and increased workloads.
The strike also affects regional public transport, and local media reported it could impact the opening hours of some public services such as town halls and recycling parks.
International train connections were also be hit, with SNCB/NMBS announcing that 12 trains between Amsterdam and Brussels were canceled and a spokesperson for Thalys saying only two out of three of their trains would be running.
Separately, Eurostar said operators there don’t anticipate any impact on their timetable from Belgian strike action.
The strike on Friday is part of what the unions have coined “awareness and action week” over a perceived understaffing and underfunding of public services.