France dips into fuel reserves, nuclear workers join strikes

Riot police stand guard behind a fire as refinery workers hold a blockade of the oil depot of Douchy-Les-Mines to protest against the government's proposed labour reforms, on May 25, 2016France said Wednesday it had been forced to dip into strategic fuel reserves due to blockades at refineries as power station workers voted to join gathering protests against controversial labour law reforms. With football fans due to flood into France in two weeks for the Euro 2016 championships, pressure is piling on the government as the queues at petrol stations lengthen by the day. Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned the CGT union leading the disruption at refineries and fuel depots that it “does not make the law in France”.

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