Trucker protest hits at the pump

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Long queues were form­ing at gas sta­tions in north-west­ern France yes­ter­day as a strike dis­rupted the coun­try’s fuel sup­plies. Alain Vi­dalies, the ju­nior min­is­ter for Trans­porta­tion, said “less than 20 per cent” of the coun­try’s gas sta­tions were par­tially or to­tally closed yes­ter­day, mostly in Brit­tany, Nor­mandy and north­ern France. In com­ments to ra­dio sta­tion RTL, Vi­dalies en­sured that “there’s no risk of short­age next week”. Some fuel de­pots and re­finer­ies have been blocked for sev­eral days by truck­ers protest­ing against a labour law. The re­form has prompted a se­ries of strikes and protests across the coun­try in re­cent weeks. The gov­ern­ment an­nounced on Satur­day the law would not ap­ply to the truck­ers’ spe­cific sta­tus al­low­ing them to get bet­ter paid ex­tra hours.

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