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French social unrest may presage Europe-wide winter of discontent

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As strikes over pay demands set against rising inflation continue to block several French oil refineries, and a union call for a one-day general strike on Tuesday ups tensions in a first and burgeoning social crisis for Emmanuel Macron’s second term as president, the cost of living squeeze has also prompted industrial action in other European countries.        

French refinery workers defy Macron’s call to ‘let country work’

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Government ministers meanwhile call on TotalEnergies to raise salaries in bid to end dispute. 

No plans yet for France to ration petrol despite refinery strikes

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Roughly one in five French petrol stations are not being supplied as usual and strategic oil reserves are likely to be used this weekend.

The divisions behind the latest 'gilets jaunes' social protests in Paris

France — Analysis

This Saturday December 1st the so-called 'gilets jaunes' or yellow hi-vis vest protesters will take to the streets of central Paris for the third weekend in a row. This time other groups – unions, anti-racist movements and student groups – are also planning demonstrations in the capital. But while they might all be demonstrating at the same time, these different components of the current social movement sweeping across France are not all on the same wavelength when it comes to their aims and objectives. Mathilde Goanec, Dan Israel and Faïza Zerouala report.

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

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

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.

Strikes bring shortages in hundreds of French petrol stations

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