French fuel protests continue

NEW YORK -- Demonstrations over rising fuel costs in France brought the country to a virtual standstill last week.

Demonstrators, spurred by the previous week's success of fishermen unions in winning concessions from the government to offset rising fuel costs and taxes, spread disruptive efforts from a blockade begun Sept. 4 of the majority of the country's oil refineries and depots.

Also blocked off by demonstrators was vehicular traffic to airports in Nice, Bordeaux and Marseille, said Imad Khalidi, president of Auto Europe, Portland, Maine, and the Channel Tunnel terminal Sept. 7, a Eurotunnel official said.

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