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French truckers head to Paris in convoy protests


Hundreds of French truckers are converging on the capital to protest against rising freight costs which they say will drive them out of business. The trucks set off for Paris from cities in the south such as Toulouse and Bordeaux and towns in the west and north. One driver said he is fed up with rising fuel taxes, even the tires on his truck cost more – everything has gone up.

During previous protests, truckers have managed to block oil depots and motorways as well as city centres by lining up their heavy vehicles in rows.

But the transport police chief in Paris, Pierre Mure says he wont let them bring Paris to a standstill. He says any trucker blocking roads or the Paris ring road will have their driving license suspended and their truck towed. The truckers are demanding fresh tax breaks from the government and want diesel prices to be the same level across Europe.

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