UPDATE 2-Talks start to avert French trucker blockades

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(Updates with start of talks, adds quotes paragraphs 3,4) By David Evans PARIS, Nov 23 (Reuters) - French truckers' unions and bosses began talks on Saturday in a last-ditch bid to resolve a pay and conditions dispute and avert potentially crippling nationwide roadblocks set to be put up on Sunday evening. But union leaders held out little hope of a deal on their demands for a 14 percent rise in monthly pay, an extra month's wages a year and shorter work hours. On Friday they rejected ...

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