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France pension protests crimp fuel supply, disrupt transport

October 20/2010

(Bloomberg) -- French refineries remained shut and gas stations ran dry as unions held their fourth strike in two months against President Sarkozys plan to raise the retirement age.

French oil companies plan to share supplies and transport in order to combat shortages, says Jean-Louis Schilansky, head of refiners group Union Francaise des Industries Petroliers.


We have the products in the depots but we cant get them to where theyre needed, Schilansky said. We will work on a coordination of all operators.

Frances 12 refineries have been on strike for a week, and no crude is arriving at the ports of Marseille, Le Havre and Nantes.

Total SA, the countrys biggest oil company, said a quarter of the 4,000 service stations it operates in France face shortages of one or more fuel products because of the strike.

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