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France struggles to import gasoline amid strikes

PARIS (AP) – The French government says fuel shortages caused by strikes will go on for several more days.

The head of the national petroleum industry body says it is struggling to import fuel to make up for the shortfall.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon convened oil industry executives Friday to look at the country’s lagging fuel supplies, which have been disrupted by strikes at depots and oil terminals. Fillon said it will take “several more days” for a return to normal.

Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo said there was no question of rationing gas supplies.

(AP) Demonstrators vote to renew the strike at a logistic center at Carbon Blanc, near Bordeaux,…
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The government has ordered oil companies to pool fuel to ensure gas stations are stocked, particularly for this weekend as nationwide school vacations begin.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

PARIS (AP) – French riot police forced open a strategic fuel refinery Friday that had been a bastion of resistance to President Nicolas Sarkozy’s bid to raise the retirement age to 62, pushing striking workers aside with shields in a bid to end gasoline shortages.

The operation came as the French Senate prepared to vote on a pension reform at the heart of the unions’ anger, after the government short-circuited a protracted debate.

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