Striking French sailors disrupt ferry services

14th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

CALAIS, France, April 14 (AFP) - Ferry services on France's northern and southern shores were badly disrupted Thursday as merchant sailors walked off the job to protest government plans to reform registry rules for shipping.

CALAIS, France, April 14 (AFP) - Ferry services on France's northern and southern shores were badly disrupted Thursday as merchant sailors walked off the job to protest government plans to reform registry rules for shipping.

In the north, ferries operated by SeaFrance were blocked in the French port of Calais, while cross-Channel service on Brittany Ferries from Saint-Malo, Cherbourg and Ouistreham to Portsmouth, southern England, was suspended.

On the Mediterranean, ferries to the French island of Corsica and north Africa remained in the port of Marseille for the third straight day.

Seamen's unions called the strike as the Senate launched a debate about the proposal to reform maritime law.

The change would make it easier for ships to register under a French flag, but unions say it will in fact put French jobs in jeopardy.

About 1,000 merchant sailors travelled from northern France to demonstrate in the French capital, causing massive traffic jams in the Montparnasse area as they made their way to the Senate, located in the Luxembourg Gardens.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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