French truckers call off Paris protest

24th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 24 (AFP) - Hundreds of French lorry-drivers who were planning to blockade Paris in a protest over fuel price rises withdrew their threat Wednesday after the capital's police chief said they would not be allowed to demonstrate in their vehicles.

PARIS, Nov 24 (AFP) - Hundreds of French lorry-drivers who were planning to blockade Paris in a protest over fuel price rises withdrew their threat Wednesday after the capital's police chief said they would not be allowed to demonstrate in their vehicles.

More than 700 lorries had been converging on Paris from different parts of France in answer to an appeal from the Organisation of European Hauliers (OTRE), which represents owners of small and medium-sized trucking businesses.

However the OTRE said that in response to the firm line taken by the authorities it had been decided to call off the action and instead to protest in towns across the country on Saturday.

The haulers are demanding government help to offset a 25 percent rise in diesel prices in recent months, as well as growing competition from cheaper operators in new EU member states.

© AFP

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