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French police ordered in to break fuel blockades


French police have been ordered to break blockades of oil depots. Picketers left three of the depots peacefully this morning, but it was reported they had returned later after police left, and were also blocking depots elsewhere.

The brief respite allowed tankers in and some service stations that had run dry were getting fresh supplies in the early hours. But France’s 12 refineries remain closed.

This morning picketers closed the Port de Bouc depot near Marseilles, cutting off fuel supplies to airports in the south of the country, including Lyon, and to the French air force.

Air travellers are struggling, with international and domestic services cancelled or delayed from the airports of Orly and Charles de Gaulle in Paris.

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