Fuel protest jams Paris traffic

Fuel protest jams Paris traffic

Lorry drivers and taxis slowed traffic to a crawl in Paris today in protest over rising fuel prices.

Dozens drove slowly toward and around the headquarters of oil giant Total in La Defense, site of the main financial district, to protest a new tax on heavily polluting vehicles.

Farmers elsewhere in France blocked ports and oil terminals as part of protests started by fishermen last month demanding government aid to help compensate for high fuel costs.

World oil prices have been climbing for months, and topped US$135 dollars a barrel on May 22. They have since fallen slightly but remain at near-record levels.

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