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Chipie the missing dog found after road trip

A dog that went missing for two weeks has come back home after hitchhiking around France with a truck driver.

The border terrier, Chipie, who belongs to a family in the town of Appoigny, Yonne, escaped from their garden at the end of September, according to local newspaper l'Yonne républicaine.

Chipie was picked up by the kind-hearted trucker on a motorway 40km from her home, six days after she went missing. Presuming she had been abandoned, the driver took her with him as he travelled the length of France – to Reims, Troyes, Lyon and Marseilles.

After a week, the driver decided to hand over the dog to a vet in Besançon, who managed to track down the family and get Chipie back to her rightful owners.

Daniel Trabach, a spokesperson for Yonne council, said: “The driver thought he would keep Chipie if no one came to find her, he found that she was very well-behaved in his truck.”

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One thousand truck drivers block motorways across France in diesel protest

Motorways and roads across the country are to be blocked on Saturday, with truck drivers protesting against tax increases on diesel fuel.

One thousand truck drivers block motorways across France in diesel protest
Photo: PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP

The majority of the blockades are to take place in the southeast of the country. The A8 motorway is expected to be affected, along with roads in the vicinity of Toulouse, Marseille and Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône).

The 2020 budget has forecast a two cent per litre increase on diesel fuel.

OTRE (Organization European Transport Transporters), the third largest trade union in the transportation sector, called on its members to block motorways on Saturday. The two largest trade union organisations – the FNTR and the TLF – do not support the blockade.

OTRE said in a statement that the cumulative effect of the tax would be forcing drivers to spend an additional 800 euros per year.

“Increasing the tax on fuel has no environmental value and represents an additional cost of 800 euros per vehicle per year for carriers” the statement read.

Strikes in a variety of industry sectors have taken place across the country this week, crippling mobility and shutting down businesses.

 

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