A quarter of France's petrol stations are no longer being supplied with fuel, the French presidency has announced, as pupils begin half-term holidays and the country prepares for another week of strikes and protests over pension reform.
AFP - The titanic battle over French President Nicolas Sarkozy's bid to raise the retirement age reached a turning point Sunday at the start of a new week of strikes, rallies and fuel blockades.
Overall, at present, one in four petrol stations are not being supplied. Will the situation worsen? No. Will the situation improve? Yes, but slowly, progressively, because great logistical efforts are needed to take the fuel from where it is to where it needs to go.
Raymond Soubie, advisor to President Nicolas Sarkozy (on French radio Europe 1. Oct. 24, 2010. Watch Europe 1 video
Date created : 2010-10-24