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French forced to queue for fuel as shortages bite


Protest action has hit supplies at around a third of France’s petrol pumps.

Hence long queues at filling stations as increasingly exasperated motorists are forced to wait in line for fuel. And getting to the front of the queue does not always guarantee satisfaction.

“I have been queuing since 6:30am and it is now 7:43am,” said car driver Valerie, as she waited in a long line of traffic at a petrol station in Paris.

“So I have really had enough, more than enough! For three days now I have been trying to find a petrol station providing diesel and there are not any.”

On Tuesday French imports of petroleum products reached a record level. And some of those at the sharp end of the shortages are now questioning protesting workers’ tactics.

“The movement may be justified but they should perhaps think again about what they are doing,” said motorist Marjorie Nguyen as she waited in line for fuel in Paris. “It does punish us and it may not be the best way of doing it.”

Tapping strategic industry reserves, the government says supplies should be back to normal by the weekend, when many schools break up for half-term holidays.

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