French government breaks blockades as petrol runs short

A striking worker stands next to French CGT union flags in front of the Total oil refinery of Feyzin, near Lyon, central-eastern France, on May 24, 2016, during a strike to protest against government labour reformsRefinery workers stepped up strikes Tuesday that threaten to paralyse France weeks ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament as the government moved to break their blockades, escalating a three-month tug-of-war over labour reforms. The oil refinery strikes organised by the CGT, France’s biggest union, are part of a bigger wave of social unrest over controversial reforms that has seen thousands of people take to the streets nationwide in recent months. Locked in an intractable battle of wills with the Socialist government, CGT leader Philippe Martinez vowed on Tuesday to continue the strikes until the labour legislation is withdrawn.

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