Hundreds of workers at French petrol company Total have stormed management offices in Paris to protest at the possible closure of a refinery.
Total has put off until June a decision on whether or not the Dunkirk site will be shut. Many workers suspect they are being made to wait to discover their fate for political reasons.
One union member said: “We are going to increase our efforts to get the Dunkirk refinery up and running again. It was obviously Sarkozy who gave the order to Total to postpone their plan. He wants to close the refinery and we want to start it. And start it we will.”
Workers believe president Sarkozy is desperate to avoid the announcement of a plant closure- and the loss of more than 600 jobs- just before regional elections.
Total says it will find employees new jobs if the closure goes ahead.