Mixed Message: Taking The Environment Hostage

by
Abby Zimet

In the latest phase of France's summer of worker discontent, a group of angry truck drivers are threatening to dump
toxic fuel additive into the Seine River if their demands for severance
pay are not met. The threat by about 50 workers facing job cuts at the
Serta transport company comes just as Atlantic salmon have begun
reappearing in the Seine after almost a century of pollution.

"It's less dramatic than ... people being made redundant and
sacrificed," said union spokesman Jean-Pierre Villemin. "It's the only means we have of getting what we want."

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