Protest organisers were interviewed by the media and said they want a “gesture” from the French government, in particular, the chance to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.
In Roanne, a town in the Loire, a protest organiser overseeing the local roadblock told broadcaster BFM that the protesters are officially calling for a meeting with the government.
“We are calling on President Macron to consider us, because there are many of us, from all classes of society. We want to be received at the Elysee Palace, we need to discuss. We’re not stupidly blocking the entire country for no reason. Dialogue needs to start,” the organiser said. Protests currently underway in the country include “snail operations” in which traffic is deliberately slowed on freeways, as well as roadblocks, some of which have lasted all night on freeways at at toll booths.
The fuel company Total said that two of its fuel depots in northern France are currently blocked.
There have also been various incidents, including arrests for drivers who have tried to break through the blockades.
In Calais, which lies across the English Channel from Dover in the UK, a British driver and an Australian trucker were stopped after they forced their way through roadblocks and injured some of the protesters.
Talk is growing among the protest’s organisers for a possible summit in Paris this coming Saturday.(ANSAmed).
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