Blockade hits Channel ferries

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Thousands of passengers were trapped on Channel ferries after French seamen blockaded Calais yesterday.

Their action, in protest at the use of low-paid Chinese labour on two P&O European Ferries vessels, affected ships on the Dover-Calais run. One ferry was unable to leave the French port and three were stuck outside.

The protest was called off after three and a half hours following negotiations involving the Secretary of State for Transport, John McGregor, who said the action was 'outrageous'.