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The farmers have arranged to meet in Paris to blockade the city this Friday, January 26. In the meantime, in the south of France, the epicenter of the movement that began on the A 64 motorway on Thursday January 18, the situation is very difficult.
Thus, the A 7 and A 9 motorways are currently cut, between Chanas in Isère and Sigea in Aude. Enough to prevent traffic on a route of nearly 400 kilometers. A decision taken at the request of the authorities, in the face of demonstrators.
A unique case
A unique decision, as a Vinci Autoroutes spokesperson explains to AFP. “We have never seen this, of such magnitude and duration”. And the company also reacted:
“In the areas affected by the demonstrations, the secondary network is particularly saturated and traffic is difficult due to the postponement of traffic. Blockages could extend to new sectors during the day tomorrow. It is therefore recommended to be careful inform before any trip.”
Hundreds of tractors
These blockages are explained by the presence of hundreds of farmers’ vehicles. Around Montpellier, there are 600 vehicles including 315 tractors, according to information from BFMTV. Hundreds of tractors are also found on the A 9, the main axis between France and Spain.
Closer to Paris, the A1 motorway linking Paris to the north is also closed to traffic. An effective measure in both directions, around Senlis (Oise) to the north of the capital. Similar situation south of Lille. Still in Oise, traffic on the A 16 in Amblainvill (60 kilometers from Paris) is disrupted.
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To sum up
Angry farmers managed to close nearly 400 kilometers of the A 7 and A 9 motorways in the south of France. The demonstration is in full swing in this area of the country and is also approaching Paris.
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