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A ferry and passengers stranded in Marseille by social conflicts


A thousand passengers bound for Algiers could not embark in Marseille, victims of the blockage of port dockers who protest in particular against the pension reform

A boat from the Algeria ferries company. - ROUSSEL / SIPA

A thousand passengers bound for Algiers were unable to board their ferry on Wednesday in Marseille, victims of the blockage of CGT dockers against the pension reform but also the strikers of La Méridionale.

The boat which was to leave at noon for Algiers has been canceled, the passengers being unable to embark, said a representative in Marseille of the Algerian company. Nearly 450 vehicles and more than 900 people were expected to board the ship, which will leave at the earliest Saturday.

The approaches to the port blocked

In the middle of the day, some 250 vehicles, or about 600 people who were to take this ship, blocked the area around the port in Marseille while trying to enter it, according to the police. The latter intervened to smooth the circulation. Another company boat that was scheduled to leave Skikda at noon on Thursday has also been canceled and rescheduled for Friday.

Passengers were unable to board because of the “dead ports” operation launched until Thursday by CGT dockers against the government's pension reform project. They were also blocked by striking sailors from La Méridionale, who are protesting against the current eviction of their airline from the mainland to Corsica as part of the public service delegation (DSP). In support of this claim, they have been blocking the ships of the two companies since Monday. As for the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, we refused to comment on Wednesday on the impact of these social conflicts on passenger or freight traffic.


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  • municipal
  • Marseilles
  • Pension reform
  • ferry
  • Strike
  • Algeria
  • Harbor

Source: 20minf

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