February 28, 2024

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look.  Flemish truck driver in France: 'The police could only watch as the French farmers set everything on fire' |  Peasants' protest

look. Flemish truck driver in France: 'The police could only watch as the French farmers set everything on fire' | Peasants' protest

In France, angry farmers closed dozens of roads for several days, which angered drivers who could no longer move forward or backward. Etienne van de Voorde, a Flemish truck driver, is one of them. He should have been home by Thursday already. “But the farmers set everything on fire,” he says.

look. The footage shows farmers setting fire to a truck and information boards

Truck driver Etienne Van de Voord was on his way home when he got stuck in one of the blockades set up by disaffected French farmers near Clermont-Ferrand in central France. He had been standing there for days in an almost endless traffic jam.

The police allowed this to happen

“Farmers have started putting all kinds of things on the road,” he told VTM News. “Then they set everything on fire. The police had to release them because there were too many of them.” Since then, Van De Voorde and his fellow truck drivers have been stuck on the highway. There are no bathrooms or toilets. “We have nothing. We are almost out of supplies. “Today we went to the supermarket to get fresh food so we can make something ourselves.”

It is impossible to accurately estimate the number of Flemish truck drivers and tourists stranded in France due to the blockade. “I heard there are problems, especially on Friday,” says Isabelle de Maigt of the transport association Vipetra. “Because there is a ban on truck driving on weekends, it was fixed anyway. We now have to wait and see what impact the barriers will have once driving is allowed again.

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