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Chaos at Paris airports as border police strike again

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10:28 CET+01:00
Air travel for holiday-makers leaving Paris was delayed on Friday as border police officers go on strike again.

It's already another slow and tedious day at Paris airports due to ongoing strikes by border control officers. Their main complaint is that longer-serving workers have lost certain job perks.

Since Friday morning, officers have been taking extra time checking travellers' bags and identification at both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports.

Travellers have been advised to show up early to account for the delays. 

Police union spokesperson Luc Poignant told BFM TV that travellers can expect “more meticulous passport checks”. The strikes will affect the international departures terminal at Orly and that of Charles de Gaulle, at Gate 8 on level 2E.
 
A reporter for RTL tweeted that planes at Charles de Gaulle are waiting for delayed travellers but are seeing departure delayed by about an hour.
 
 

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Other passengers were less impressed, with one tweeting that thousands were left waiting for police "to stop their silly little strike".
 
A rally will take place between 11am and 2pm for workers to air their grievances.

Friday's strike by border controllers comes after several strikes in recent days, with workers slowing down travel checks on February 5th, 12th, and 13th. 

The union representing the workers met with the interior ministry on Monday but were not satisfied with the government's response.

 

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