Sunday 4 December 2016

Fuel situation getting better, says French transport minister

Published 28/05/2016 | 13:36

Protesters throw objects at police during a demonstration against labour reforms in Paris (AP)
Protesters throw objects at police during a demonstration against labour reforms in Paris (AP)

Fuel shortages sparked by nationwide strikes and blockades are easing across France, the country's junior transport minister has said.

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However, Alain Vidalies warned that the crisis is not over.

Panic at the pumps has been among the most serious effects of weeks of French labour action, which has shut refineries, blocked fuel depots and disrupted travel across the country.

French unions, notably the militant CGT, are fighting the government's attempt to reform the labour market, saying the new measures will weaken the country's social protections.

They have picketed refineries and depots and even bridges in an effort to force the government to back down.

On Saturday, Mr Vidalies told journalists "the situation is getting better", but warned that the crisis was not yet over. Industrial action is planned into next week.

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