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French government vows to stand up to angry truckers

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French government vows to stand up to angry truckers


French truckers could be heading for a showdown with the government over a planned protest over petrol prices in Paris, today. Hundreds of lorries are heading towards the capital. But Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin says he will not let them bring the city to a standstill. He says truckers have a right to demonstrate but not to mount a blockade, and any who do so could lose their licenses and possibly face prosecution.

However, many drivers are vowing to go ahead with their action anyway. “We’re ready to go all the way because we’re dying anyway. We’re doing this for our businesses and our workers,” said one. Truckers are demanding the government take a number of measures to alleviate the extra costs they are facing in the wake of recent petrol price hikes.

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