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Total says fuel stations running dry due to "yellow vest" protests

Total says fuel stations running dry due to "yellow vest" protests
FILE PHOTO: The logo of French oil giant Total is pictured at a petrol station in Latresne near Bordeaux, France, November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo -
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PARIS (Reuters) – “Yellow vest” protesters are blocking access to 11 of Total’s <TOTF.PA> fuel depots in France and fuel stations are beginning to run dry, a company spokesman said on Monday.

Seventy five of the company’s 2,200 gas stations were out of fuel, the spokesman said.

For more than two weeks, protesters angry over the fuel taxes and the high cost of living have been blocking roads across France, impeding access to fuel depots, shopping malls and some airports. On Saturday, street demonstrations turned violent in Paris.

(Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Richard Lough and Alison Williams)

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