Sources within the negotiations said a settlement was possible by early today. The terms would have to be put to local union branches but the prospect of a lengthy strike now appeared to be receding.
Marc Blondel, secretary general of the Force Ouvriere union federation, said: "I think we are on the road to a solution."
Meanwhile, thousands of trucks all over France remained on the road to nowhere. The number of barricades continued to increase yesterday, approaching 200 by early evening. For the first time, truckers disrupted traffic in Paris.Reuse content