French strikes hit petrol pumps

French strikes hit petrol pumps

A growing number of pumps in French petrol stations are drying up as action by refinery and port strikers to block fuel supplies continues.

France has been struck by a number of national protests in recent weeks as workers voice their anger over Government moves to raise the retirement age.

The deciding vote will be held on Wednesday in the Senate.

Over the weekend unions called for demonstrators to harden the protests, but the Government said it would resort to force if necessary to prevent paralysis in the economy.

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