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French fuel supplies squeezed by strikes


Petrol pumps across France are running dry as strikes at oil refineries and major ports go on.

Action at the country’s 213 fuel depots is also crippling distribution, leaving 25 percent of French service stations with no supplies.
With an overwhelming pressure on fuel stocks, prices are starting to climb. A litre of unleaded petrol now costs €1.37 on average.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy attacked the fuel protesters accusing them of “taking the French economy hostage.”
He said he would clear the blockades, adding that the demonstrations would inevitably destroy jobs.

The French hauliers association said its members were also suffering. The group said its trucks could soon be off the road owing to a lack of diesel.

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