France still struggling with fuel shortages

But police break up blockade at a key refinery


French police stepped in to end a strikers’ blockade at a main oil refinery, as the Senate looks set to approve president Nicolas Sarkozy’s controversial pension reform on Friday. Regaining control of the strategic refinery at Grandpuits was part of the government’s efforts to contain the economic damage caused by union workers taking over oil depots and key oil terminals to protest the reform, which raises the retirement age from 60 to 62. Fuel shortages, however, are expected to last several more days. Discussion of the new pension plan lasted 130 hours in the Senate, the second-longest debate in 30 years.

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France still struggling with fuel shortages

  1. retirement age should be 65 …me thinks they have a fear of work in France!!! …countries like France and Greece are sinking faster than the USA

    • If it wasn't for the 80 million tourists looking for their yearly dose of masochism, France would be 3rd World like the rest of their family in Africa.

      • I hope you are not a teacher.

  2. I hope you are not a teacher.

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