Saturday 21 April 2018

Holiday warning as drivers face motorway jams in France amid farmer protests

Tires and farm waste is dumped in front of the
Tires and farm waste is dumped in front of the "Lactalis" dairy factory in Bouvron near Nantes, western France, on July 23, 2015, as farmers protest over falling food prices. Photo: /AFP/Getty Images

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Motorists heading to France for their summer holidays have been warned they face disruption on major routes because of action by French farmers.

The UK'S AA said it was getting reports from its control centre in Lyon of delays on the A6/A7, known as the autoroute du soleil, a major route for UK tourists travelling to the south of France.

The disruption follows weeks of chaos either side of the Channel because of protests by French ferry workers and problems with migrants trying to get to the UK.

Edmund King, UK AA president, said: "UK drivers heading for France will be well advised to check on traffic conditions before they travel.

"The delays due to Operation Stack and migrants across the Channel have been well publicised but we are now receiving reports from the AA Control Centre in Lyon of further disruption caused by farmers protesting.

"There is no simple way to find out where the farmers are going to be targeting next. Our own AA intelligence tells us that yesterday it was across the north-west, and that today it is around the centre and east of France, particularly around Lyon.

"The farming union FNSEA has indicated that it does not want to hit holidaymakers this weekend but targeting the autoroute du soleil seems to contradict that."

French farmers are blocking bridges and motorways in protest at the price of milk, beef and pork.

The AA estimated that around 10% of its members are heading across the Channel this summer.

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