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    21 December 2011
    PARIS - French airport security personnel are on strike for a sixth straight day — leading to long lines and potential delays at Paris’ busiest airport.
    Around 119,000 travellers were expected to crowd Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports Wednesday ahead of the Christmas holiday weekend.
    Airport authority ADP said the wait at security lines at Charles de Gaulle’s Terminal 2 was 20 minutes, and warned that some flights could be delayed leaving from the terminal.
    Unions representing security personnel launched the walkout Friday to demand negotiations with management over an increase in pay. It has been timed for maximum effect during the holiday getaway season.
    Travellers and striking workers clashed at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris’ busiest. “We are taken as hostages, look behind you at the queues that we have,” one traveller yelled at demonstrating workers. “Madame, if you can travel today, we cannot, with (euro) 1,200 ($1,568) at the end of the month, how can we afford it?” one demonstrator responded. ...düüüse Im Sauseschritt

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    French police to ease Christmas airport strike

    PARIS — France has ordered police to deploy at two airports from Thursday to make sure striking private security staff do not paralyse flights in the pre-Christmas travel rush, a police union official said on Wednesday.
    President Nicolas Sarkozy's government had said it was ready to order police to take over security at Lyon airport and part of Charles de Gaulle, the busy international hub on the northern outskirts of Paris. "If the strike continues, the government will see to it that normal transport service is guaranteed," Transport Minister Thierry Mariani said. "We cannot yet again have a situation where the French people are prevented from going home to their families."
    About 400 police were put on standby on .....................

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