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French government hopes for the best but fears the worst amid growing social unrest

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President Emmanuel Macron's government is facing a potentially difficult week, haunted by the fear that the ongoing petrol crisis could lead to a wider social crisis. On Sunday the leftwing opposition staged a protest against the cost of living. Then on Tuesday a number of trade unions have called a day of national strikes over pay and the right to take industrial action. Ilyes Ramdani takes the temperature ahead of what could be a tumultuous few days in French politics.

Oil firm offers talks with French unions to stop fuel depot blockades

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Vehicle owners have faced increasingly long waits to fill their tanks after 10 days of strikes by workers demanding higher wages in response to soaring prices.

France uses strategic fuel reserves as refinery strike continues

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Walkout by trade union members at TotalEnergies has disrupted operations at two refineries and two storage facilities, while two Exxon Mobil refineries have faced similar problems.

Macron to respond over issue of low pay after fuel protests

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Minister says it is ‘time to listen’ but French president expected to hold firm on fuel tax rise in new policy announcement.

'Shame' on violent protesters, says Macron after fuel price unrest

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President said there was 'no place for violence' after chaos on Champs-Elysées when police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters.

Man with grenade arrested as France prepares for more fuel protests

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The incident in western France came as Paris readied itself for arrival of tens of thousands of people taking part in second weekend of protests.

Are latest French protests a curse or a blessing for Macron?

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Protests over fuel prices with no official leader, no national organisation and no political links present the French president with a new kind of political challenge says the BBC's Paris correspondent.

France labour dispute: wave of strike action nationwide

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Oil refineries, nuclear power plants and transport hubs were hit, motorways and bridges were blocked and protesters clashed with police.

France prepares for day of strikes as nuclear workers join protests

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French workers are staging an eighth day of industrial action against labour law reforms as nuclear staff aim to reduce plants' power output.

French police clear strikers from refinery amid labour reform standoff

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Prime minister Valls warned other pickets would be dealt with 'extremely firmly' while union boss said they would 'see this through to the finish'.

Unions dig in heels to disrupt fuel supply in France

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Finance minister Michel Sapin says CGT union is holding France hostage and that government will take the necessary action to end blockade.

Fuel shortage concerns as workers at French oil refinery halt production

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CGT union votes to stop production at Total's Normandy refinery in north-west France as workers seek withdrawal of labour reform bill.

Air France-KLM losses widen as fuel costs rise

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The Franco-Dutch airline says it made a 1.19bn euros net loss in 2012, blaming sharply rising fuel costs and trouble with its cargo business.

Germany slams France over fuel tax cut

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The German government and press insist the French have got it wrong, even if most drivers in Germany support it.

France cuts fuel prices to boost economy

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Government has struck a deal with fuel suppliers to cut petrol and diesel prices by 6 euro cents a litre for the next three months.