French protesters briefly block Marseille airport

21st October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Activists blocked access to Marseille airport Thursday as part of the increasingly bitter protest against the French government's pension reforms, unions and airport officials said.

Around 200 demonstrators carrying armbands from the CGT and FSU unions had occupied a key roundabout leading to the airport in the early hours of the morning, but had ended their action by 8:00 am.

The action had caused tailbacks of several kilometres early Thursday, with some travellers having to abandon their cars to reach the terminals, an airport spokesman said.

But at 8:30 am, the traffic was beginning to clear.

Staff from the airport and other industries -- such as refineries, steelworks and ports -- took part in the action, according to a union spokesman.

The airport spokesman said the blockade had only a partial one, although it had caused large traffic queues.

© 2010 AFP

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