Paris airport faces strike threat

Unions at France’s main airport, Charles de Gaulle in Paris, have threatened to call a strike over alleged bias against Muslim workers.

Seventy-two workers, mostly Muslims, have lost security clearance at the airport since May 2005. Officials say the workers posed a risk because of alleged links to groups with “potentially terrorist aims”.

Unions will hold a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the strike, which could be called for the end of the month. Didier Frassin, head of the main CGT union at the airport, told AFP news agency there would also be a march outside the prefecture in Roissy, which took the decision to remove the security clearance from the workers.

BBC News, 3 November 2006