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Riot police move in to open fuel depots in France

Riot police move in to open fuel depots in France
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Three fuel storage depots have been reopened by riot police in France, as fears grow of a shortage at the pumps.

Nine of the country’s 12 refineries have shut down due to strike action prompted by the government’s plans for pension reform.

A pipeline supplying parts of Paris, including its airports, has also had to be turned off. The government has called for calm, and says it has no plans to tap its emergency reserves.

High school students have joined the pension protests for the first time this week. In Paris, one of them is in a critical condition after being hit in the face by a “flashball” – a device used by police for crowd control.

“What we had here yesterday was a direct clash between adults, ie the police, and children, who in this case were more mature than their elders.”, said one parent.

Fellow students today flocked to the local town hall to protest against what they say is over-zealous policing.

Officials have urged their officers to be prudent.