End of ordeal for blockaded ferry passengers

22nd September 2005, Comments 0 comments

MARSEILLE, France, Sept 22 (AFP) - Hundreds of Algerians who were stranded in the French port of Marseille for two nights because of a strike by seamen ended their ordeal Thursday when they were transferred to alternative ferries.

MARSEILLE, France, Sept 22 (AFP) - Hundreds of Algerians who were stranded in the French port of Marseille for two nights because of a strike by seamen ended their ordeal Thursday when they were transferred to alternative ferries.

"We are right now completing the evacuation of all the passengers who have been blockaded for the last 48 hours," said Jean Leonetti, an official of the French state-owned Corsica-Mediterranean shipping company (SNCM).

More than 1,000 travellers who were booked on the Algiers-bound Mediterranee were put on other ships in Marseille and the port of Toulon, 50km to the east on the Mediterranean coast.

SNCM employees announced an indefinite strike Tuesday to protest against plans to privatise the debt-ridden company.

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Subject: French news

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