Tuesday 24 January 2017

French strikers block Channel Tunnel

David Barrett

Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30

Cars and trucks are stuck in a traffic jam on a highway leading to the Channel tunnel after striking workers invaded the Eurotunnel train tracks in Calais, northern France, in a protest against job cuts. Photo: AP
Cars and trucks are stuck in a traffic jam on a highway leading to the Channel tunnel after striking workers invaded the Eurotunnel train tracks in Calais, northern France, in a protest against job cuts. Photo: AP

Striking French workers have blocked rail tracks into the Channel Tunnel with burning tyres, leading to all services being suspended amid fears of a repeat of last week's scenes of illegal immigrants. Both Eurostar and Le Shuttle services were halted. As Calais was plunged into chaos for the second time in eight days, the British government described the situation as "completely unacceptable".

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The port is expected to be closed until tomorrow. A Eurotunnel spokesman said the protesters "have been taken away by the police and we will be pressing charges against them for criminal and civil damage and putting people's lives in danger from their actions."

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