Blog: Dean BestAll set for SIAL on Sunday - France's strikes notwithstanding

Dean Best | 15 October 2010

SIAL, that giant biennial food-industry exhibition, opens its doors on Sunday (17 October) - as much of France seemingly shuts down amid nationwide demonstrations over President Sarkozy's pension reforms.

At the time of writing, workers at all 12 of France's refineries have gone on strike, reportedly blocking a fuel pipeline supplying Paris and the capital's airports. Airport workers protesting against the President's proposals have also grounded some flights.

A nationwide strike across a number of industries is planned for Tuesday, the day before French politicians are due to vote on Sarkzoy's plans.

Not, then, the most opportune time for Paris to hold a trade show that is set to attract almost 150,000 visitors from over 100 countries.

just-food, travelling to the French capital on the Eurostar, will be among them and will bring you the latest news and views from the event, which will showcase some of the latest product development in the food sector and discuss the issues affecting the business.

The French strikes will, no doubt, also be a hot topic of conversation.


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