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No taxi services at airports in Paris as drivers go on strike

Published on Feb 10, 2014 6:59 PM
 
Police officers stand on the side of the road as taxi drivers demonstrate in their taxis, on Feb 10, 2014, near the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, outside Paris, to protest against competition from tourist transport vehicles. Taxi services out of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris were at a virtual standstill on Monday, Feb 10, 2014, as drivers went on strike over competition from rival mini-cabs. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Taxi services out of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris were at a virtual standstill on Monday as drivers went on strike over competition from rival mini-cabs.

For the second time in less than a month, there were huge traffic jams on the outskirts of the French capital as convoys of hundreds of taxis made their way at snail pace towards a demonstration in the city centre.

An airport spokesman at Roissy said no taxis were picking up travellers from France's main hub for international flights while ranks at Orly, to the south of the city, were blockaded by over 100 cars belonging to drivers involved in the strike.

By mid-day there had been no reports of the sort of violent attacks on minicabs which marred a similar day of protest last month amid signs that drivers of the rival cars had decided to stay away from the airports.

 
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