Sarkozy orders action if airport strikers hamper travel

21st December 2011, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday ordered the government to take "all necessary measures" to ensure a strike by airport security workers does not hamper holiday travel.

The strike by workers demanding wage increases continued for a sixth day on Wednesday but has so far had a limited impact on international flights, with only some delays reported.

During a cabinet session, Sarkozy "asked ministers to be extremely attentive to how the situation evolves and to take all necessary and timely measures," government spokeswoman Valerie Pecresse said.

"He insisted on the fact that the government cannot allow the French people's holidays to be taken hostage," she said.

France had on Tuesday threatened to deploy police at airports to replace the striking security workers.

On Wednesday the strike was having little impact, with some delays but no cancellations reported at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

At a national level, more than 80 percent of security workers were ignoring the strike call.

Negotiations have so far failed to resolve the dispute and on Wednesday union representatives walked out of mediated talks.

© 2011 AFP

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