French truck drivers join fuel protests
Tuesday, 03 June 2008

French truck drivers began a blockade of a major oil refinery on the Mediterranean coast last night and taxi drivers are expected to join them, reports AFP.

Fishermen and truck drivers have been leading a wave of protests on rising fuel costs across western Europe as oil prices hit a world record of more than $US130 a barrel.

Truck union official Olivier Marchetti said more trucks were en route and that even if security forces try to remove them they will keep coming back with reinforcements.

A local taxi union official says taxi drivers will join the protest over soaring fuel costs.

Charles Gilardenghi said between 200 and 300 cars would join the blockade 'in a peaceful way'.

The truckers stressed they had not been in contact with fishermen who first blockaded the depot.

Riot police used tear gas to clear farmers blocking the Total La Mede depot last week.

A trawlers union official in nearby Martigues last night said its members had not ruled out joining this week's protest.

Meanwhile a group of winegrowers say they had blocked the Frontignan pres de Sete fuel terminal also on France's Mediterranean coast but police were unable to confirm it.

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