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FRANCE RUNNING OUT OF FUEL AS STRIKES CRIPPLE COUNTRY.

FRANCE will be plunged into more strike chaos today with the threat of fuel shortages, street protests, and disrupted public transport.

Airlines were told to drastically cut back their flights into the country as the next round of protests over plans to raise the retirement age swing into action.

Meanwhile oil workers yesterday defied a demand to get back to work amid the beginnings of panic buying at filling stations by motorists.

Some reports said more than 1,000 filling stations had run out and short-haul flights were warned to carry enough fuel for their return journeys. Strikers have blockaded a dozen refineries and numerous oil depots in the last week as part of protests over plans to raise the retirement age to 62.

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HANDS UP Students at Rennes II University vote yesterday as hundreds of schools and universities were blockaded by protesters
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Oct 19, 2010
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