Lorry drivers who have blocked the border between Spain and France say their action will continue as long as it takes to bring fuel prices down. The blockade is one of several high profile protests across Europe by workers trying to force their governments to cut petrol and diesel costs that have risen by more than 20 per cent this year.
In Spain, a truckers’ strike is having an impact on shops, where food stocks are running low. The anger has erupted into scuffles in some places, when drivers have tried to pass roadblocks.
There have been similar protests in France and Portugal in recent days, and in other countries in the past few weeks.
Drivers and others who work in fuel-reliant industries say they are being driven out of business by the soaring prices.
Fishermen have been at the forefront of the demonstrations. The Spanish port of Vigo fell silent with striking boat crews claiming it is not worth their while putting out to sea.
One fisherman complained that diesel was “more expensive than fish”.
Ministers from Spain, France, Italy and Portugal are working on a proposal to put to Brussels but the European Commission has already said it is opposed to subsidies to ease the crisis.