French lorry drivers announce road blocks in fuel tax protest

French lorry drivers announce road blocks in fuel tax protest
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Getting around France in December was already going to be tricky with unlimited strikes affecting public transport, but now lorry drivers have announced that they will also be staging road blocks.

The hauliers group Organisation des Transporteurs Routiers Européens has announced that its members will be staging protests including road blocks across France from Saturday, December 7th.

Lorry drivers are angry about a two cent increase in diesel tax and say their protest will start on Saturday, but could be going on for an unspecified number of days.

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Their protest is not linked to the unlimited strikes that are hitting France from December 5th – those are over plans to reform the pension system – but will coincide with what is expected to be a very difficult weekend for transport as rail employees, Metro drivers, bus drivers, airline ground crew and air traffic controllers all walk out.

The group's press release says that: “Tired of not feeling defended and heard, road transport companies will express in the street the legitimate anger of the profession.”

The protests will be “from December 7th and the following days”.

The strike action could also lead to some disruption on the roads as one of the hauliers unions is involved and 'yellow vest' protesters have said they will be staging a day of action. Nothing has been specified yet, but in the past motorway toll booths have been a frequent target for 'yellow vest' demonstrations.

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