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Trash strikes from Naples to Marseilles (Photos)

By Melissa Bell
A woman walks past a pile of garbage in downtown Naples. (Agnfoto/Reuters)

Any would-be vacationers headed to Naples or Marseilles may want to postpone their trips for a few weeks. Garbage strikes in the two cities have left massive piles of trash lining the streets.

In Naples, the trash issue has long been a contentious one, with Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi promising two years ago to devise a solution to the full trash dumps in Naples. Plans to build a new dump have met with violent protests over the last week.

The streets of the southern Italian city have been filled with 2,400 tons of piled up trash. The European Commission has threatened Italy with sanctions if the mess is not cleaned up.

Meanwhile the massive strikes in France over the proposed raise in the retirement age have crippled the ports, oil refineries and trash incineration plants. Nearly 10,000 tons of garbage have been piling up in southern Marseille and its suburbs.

Garbage collectors clean up after garbage was purposely piled in the middle of a street in protest against uncollected trash, in central Naples, Italy. (Salvatore Laporta/AP)
A man walks past piles of garbage in Marseille, southern France. (Laurent Cipriani/AP)
A man walks past piles of garbage in Marseille, southern France. (Laurent Cipriani/AP)

By Melissa Bell  | October 25, 2010; 3:31 PM ET
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