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Sunday 15 September 2019

Operation Escargot as French workers protest over cancelled Christmas fair

The Champs Elysees pictured on Bastille Day
The Champs Elysees pictured on Bastille Day

Carnival workers are creating traffic chaos in Paris to protest against the city's ban on a popular Christmas fair on the Champs Elysees Avenue.

The French road authority reported increased traffic on several roads into Paris during Monday morning rush hour.

French broadcasters showed lorries running a so-called "escargot operation" on a road west of Paris, driving at a snail's pace across multiple lanes.

Riot police vans were stationed on Paris' western edge to block carnival lorry from entering the city after the Paris police chief said they would enforce City Hall's ban on the fair.

The city voted in June to change the format of the Christmas market, saying it had become too commercial.

Carnival magnate Marcel Campion and his supporters have objected.

Negotiations last week failed to defuse the dispute.


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