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Michel Sapin says plan to overhaul labour law is crucial to proving France can reform and will go ahead despite protests and refinery blockades.
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.
Unions have planned two days of protest and called strikes in the air transport, road freight, rail and oil sectors against the proposed reforms.
New test of strength for President Hollande as protesters challenge plans to change labour laws in way that unions say favours businesses.
Protests over planned employment law changes led by student groups and unions are yet another challenge for embattled President Hollande.