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Petrol shortage as French labour reform protesters block refineries

People push their car before refueling at a petrol station following the blockades of oil depots during a protest against proposed French government labour law reforms in Vern-sur-Seiche, a suburb of the western city of Rennes, on May 23, 2016Petrol shortages caused long tailbacks of motorists in parts of France on Monday as protesters angry over government labour reforms blockaded some of the country’s oil refineries and fuel depots. The action was the latest in three months of strikes and protests against the reform, which has set the Socialist government against some of its traditional supporters and sometimes sparked violence. Workers downed tools at six of France’s eight refineries on Monday, the CGT union said.

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