Scattered Tractors, Government Strikes Cause 391-Mile Traffic Jam

Sitting in traffic is pretty awful. That’s something that just about everyone can agree on. So imagine how terrible it would be knowing that you’re sitting in a nearly 400-mile traffic jam.

That’s the reality for the people of France. writes:

A traffic jam of 391 miles was recorded on the outskirts of Paris on Monday morning as fresh strikes over pension changes brought public transport to a standstill in France for a third week.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government appeared determined to push ahead with its plans despite the French transport strikes causing widespread disruption as they enter their twelfth day.

In the Paris region only two Metro automated trains with no drivers were fully running as the other 14 metro lines remained closed or only very partially running.

Most regional and national trains were at a standstill while international train routes also suffered disruptions.

For those who may not know (or care, which I wouldn’t blame you) the French people appear to be fed up with President Macron and his policies. While the article discusses the situation in regards to government workers, farmers in France are angry as well.

Tractors are being left on highways in France, causing even more issues for people traveling. writes:

A food law passed by the centrist government designed to give farmers a fairer share of profits has failed to quell their discontent over low wages and growing competition. French farmers infuriated by government policies they say jeopardise their livelihoods drove convoys of tractors into Paris on Wednesday, clogging traffic and adding to the social discontent facing President Emmanuel Macron. More than a thousand tractors rolled into the city from the north and south, blocking major motorways and the inner ring-road, brandishing flags of the two main farm unions behind the protest.

Farmers’ unions are demanding a meeting with Mr Macron to vent their frustrations over policies they say are hurting the agriculture sector and threatening their livelihoods, such as the phasing out of the common weedkiller glyphosate over health concerns.

In addition, a food law passed by Mr Macron’s government – the “loi Egalim” –, which aimed to give farmers a fairer share of profits, had failed to quell their anger over plummeting revenues.

Imagine trying to get Christmas shopping done knowing there’s six weeks of traffic ahead of you.



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