Hundreds of angry lorry drivers, protesting against rising fuel costs, blocked roads into Paris with their vehicles on Monday(23 September).
GTV Lorries in traffic jam
STV's TILT UP Lorries in traffic jam (2 shots)
MV Cars and lorries in traffic jam
SV Car crossing central reservation
MV Frustrated driver standing beside car
GV Cars and lorries in jam, PAN TO cars reversing against oncoming traffic on other side of reservation
GV Traffic jam (2 shots)
SCU and SV Lorries in jam (2 shots)
STV and MV TILT UP TO GTV Policeman on motorcycle between lorries (2 shots)
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Background: Hundreds of angry lorry drivers, protesting against rising fuel costs, blocked roads into Paris with their vehicles on Monday(23 September). Moving very slowly in convoy, they caused massive rush-hour traffic jams.
The French Government is planning to charge around GBP1.20 sterling (about 2.90 US dollars) a gallon (4.5 litres) for petrol as part of a proposed two-tier rationing scheme.
Under the plan, motorists will be issued with coupons to buy a restricted amount of petrol at the present price of about 75 pence (about ???.80 US dollars) per gallon. Unrationed petrol will be sold only at the higher price.
These measures are part of the French Government's efforts to reduce fuel imports and curb inflation. A ten-per-cent reduction would cut about GBP500 million (1,200 million US dollars) from France's fuel bill.