There is no sign of police moving in to break the blockade at one of France’s biggest refineries, Grandpuits, which services Paris. With unions having shut down France’s refining capacity fuel depots are supposed to be taking up the slack. 14 out of 219 of these are also being blockaded, but many people are not reassured by government assurances they should not panic.
“This morning you have 73/74 percent of petrol stations which are completely supplied or partially supplied, which is roughly three out of four. And you have 25/26 percent which are effectively blocked, so three out of four are supplied,” said Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux.
The effects of the industrial action are patchy, with some regions worse hit than others, where long queues of anxious motorists are crawling to the pumps. Depending on the place either petrol or diesel is lacking, and poor communication of what is available where is adding to the confusion.