Calais strikers stop ferries from docking

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Thousands of cross-Channel passengers faced severe delays last night after ferries were turned away from the French port of Calais because of wildcat strike action.

Thousands of cross-Channel passengers faced severe delays last night after ferries were turned away from the French port of Calais because of wildcat strike action.

Four ferries from Dover in Kent were heading for the French port when they were refused permission to dock by strikers. All four vessels, run by P&O Stena and SeaFrance, had to return to Dover where passengers were given the opportunity to sail to either Zeebrugge or Ostend.

The industrial action is understood to be over French government plans to introduce the 35-hour week there.

In Dover, Kent, police turned a five-mile section of the M20 into a lorry park because of the backlog of heavy goods vehicles.

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