Uncertain situation over French oil refineries

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Uncertain situation over French oil refineries

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A cat-and-mouse game is underway in France between the security forces and striking oil workers.

The terminal at Marseille was reopened this morning. It is one of only three points where crude oil is imported into the country.

Blockades were also dismantled at depots in the south-west and in the central city of Clermont Ferrand.

Workers at all 12 refineries are now on strike, as part of the national fight against government plans for pension reform.

Ousted strikers are said to be travelling to other distribution centres. It is reported all the refineries are now closed again.

Panic-buying by motorists has led to fuel consumption jumping by 50 percent this week.

Fuel is being passed around between companies to match the need, but the government is not yet drawing on its emergency reserves.

Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris could run out of fuel by as early as next week.