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Strike hits Paris airports

Published on 23/02/2005

PARIS, Feb 23 (AFP) - Runway workers at Paris' Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports are to stage a 24-hour strike Thursday to protest the suspension of one of their colleagues suspected to be at least partly to blame for the death of a flight attendant who fell from a mobile stairway.

The stoppage – which some unions called to be extended to other French airports – follows strikes that caused disruptions on the weekend at one of Orly’s terminals.

Air France last week suspended the driver of one of the mobile stairways used for embarking and disembarking passengers.

He was in charge of a stairway from which a 35-year-old flight attendant fell to her death on February 1 as it was moved away from an aircraft. The woman, a mother of two children, died from injuries sustained in the seven-metre (23-foot) drop.

The French transport minister, Gilles de Robien, said Wednesday that there had been a dozen accidents involving such stairways in the past five years.

© AFP

Subject: French News