Major French Ports Hit by Another 72-Hour Strike

The ports and docks branch of the CGT labour union called for another 72-hour strike at France’s major ports beginning yesterday in protest against the government’s proposals for the reform of state pensions.

It follows strikes at French ports in December and a three-day stoppage last week that caused significant disruption.

The country’s biggest container gateway, Le Havre, appears to be among the ports hardest hit by the industrial action. The president of the local shipowners’ and maritime shipping agents’ association GHAAM, Véronique Lepine, told French business newspaper Les Echos that, in December, Le Havre recorded 25% fewer calls by ships compared with normal levels, with the port on course to register 50% fewer calls in January.

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