Paris comes to a standstill as massive public transport strike causes 186 miles ...

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() Paris came to a standstill today as public transport worker unions protest a sweeping pension reform by French President Emmanuel Macron. 

The French capital's public transport company, RATP, said 14 of the city's 16 metro lines have been closed and several others, including the RER suburban rail, are severely disrupted. 

On platforms, messages in French and English warned passengers of the strike - the biggest since 2007.

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Union members gather inside Paris's public transport operator headquarters to protest against sweeping new pension reforms

Union members gather inside Paris's public transport operator headquarters to protest against sweeping new pension reforms 

Stranded commuters wait in vain for a train at a packed out metro station in the city's worst strike since 2007

Stranded commuters wait in vain for a train at a packed out metro station in the city's worst strike since 2007

Electronic noticeboards show bus disruptions during rush hour in today's chaotic strike

Electronic noticeboards show bus disruptions during rush hour in today's chaotic strike

Officials have noted a whopping 186 miles of traffic jams during the morning's rush hour, more than double the city's normal levels.

The government issued warnings telling people to cycle to work and Parisians have taken to two wheels. 

The new pension reform is expected to make public transport workers stay in service for longer before retirement. 

Die Sokhanadu, 25, was stuck at a station on line 12, trying to get to his job working on the restoration of the Notre-Dame cathedral in the heart of the city.

He said: 'If the metro doesn't start running, I'm going to have to head home.'

Others worried about their evening commutes, with the RATP warning that only lines 1 and 14 - the only two which function autonomously, without drivers - would be operating after 8pm.

The RATP warned commuters yesterday that they should try to find travel alternatives and said it was financing free 30-minute rides on the Cityscoot network of electric mopeds.

US ride-hailing giant Uber is also hoping to seize the moment with two free 15-minute rides offered on the Jump electric bikes and scooters it has deployed in Paris. 

The government issued warnings telling people to cycle to work and Parisians have taken to two wheels

The government issued warnings telling people to cycle to work and Parisians have taken to two wheels

The government issued warnings telling people to cycle to work and Parisians have taken to two wheels

The government issued warnings telling people to cycle to work and Parisians have taken to two wheels

Macron's proposed pension reform will see the country's 42 different pension systems become condensed into one points-based system

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said yesterday: 'We're going to construct a truly universal system where every euro paid in will provide the same rights for everyone, whether a labourer, a shop owner, a researcher, a farmer, a civil servant, a doctor or an entrepreneur'

Macron's proposed pension reform will see the country's 42 different pension systems become condensed into one points-based system. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (right) said yesterday: 'We're going to construct a truly universal system where every euro paid in will provide the same rights for everyone, whether a labourer, a shop owner, a researcher, a farmer, a civil servant, a doctor or an entrepreneur'

The three main RATP labour unions have called the strike 'a shot across the bow' against the pension overhaul. Pictured are commuters travelling yesterday on the eve of today's strike

The three main RATP labour unions have called the strike 'a shot across the bow' against the pension overhaul. Pictured are commuters travelling yesterday on the eve of today's strike

Thousands of tourists have also been caught up in this morning's travel chaos. 

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