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.