Keyword: fuel shortages

France turns to oil reserves as unions blockade fuel depots

Head of France's oil industry federation says country has been using reserves, which could last for three months, for first time since 2010.

The anger and doubts fuelling France's oil refinery protests

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Police move in to clear a blockade at the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery in southern France on Tuesday May 24th, 2016. © Reuters Police move in to clear a blockade at the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery in southern France on Tuesday May 24th, 2016. © Reuters

Many oil refinery workers, rail workers and aviation staff are on strike or set to go out on strike as France suffers fuel shortages and a power struggle between the government and those opposed to controversial labour law reforms. Union activists have criticised the “extremely violent” actions of the state in removing the blockade at the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery in the south of France. But despite the growing impact of their industrial action, union militants admit that they will not continue the action on their own indefinitely without the help of workers in other sectors. Mathilde Goanec reports.

France strikes leave fuel stations dry and pose threat to Euro 2016

President Hollande is forced to deny his country faces a ‘May revolution’, comparable to the students and workers’ revolt of May 1968.

France can cope with oil refinery blockades says prime minister

Manuel Valls insists situation is 'fully under control' as union protests at oil refineries leave hundreds of French petrols stations without fuel.

Strikes bring shortages in hundreds of French petrol stations

Protests over labour law reform have led to blockades and fall in refinery output that hamper fuel supply and have prompted consumer panic.