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Fewer French strikes before more disruption

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Fewer French strikes before more disruption


A modicum of relief before the next round of industrial action as workers at a quarter of France’s strike-hit oil refineries have returned to work. It means some petrol deliveries are getting through.

Despite the Senate’s approval last week of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension bill, there are still amendments needing the OK and the unions are planning yet two more days of action – the first this Thursday.

That is not good news for those families trying to get away during the current school holidays. However, the government said it was prioritising petrol stations on the auto routes to help with the half term exodus.

There was more relief in Marseilles where rubbish collectors voted to temporarily suspend their dispute in order to clean up the city, apparently for public health reasons.

According to the government, the industrial disruption is costing France up to 400 million euros a day, which is not good for a country battling recession.

But that news fell on deaf ears as French students are hold yet more marches.

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