Angry workers at a central France foundry owned by Platinum Equity LLC have placed about 20 gas demijohns converted into “mini-bombs” at the plant set for closure, in a last-ditch attempt to get President Francois Hollande’s attention.
French police moved in to open fuel depots to release oil supplies blocked by strikers as walkouts at ports and refineries across the nation shut down crude imports and sparked shortages at filling stations.
Oil companies and labor unions vowed to fight on in favor of developing unconventional energies in France after President Francois Hollande said a fracking ban would remain during his five-year mandate.
Shortages at French fuel service stations will worsen today after insufficient deliveries yesterday, the refiners’ group Union Francaise des Industries Petrolieres said, as oil industry workers are striking to oppose the government plan to raise the retirement age.
French unions have called for public transport workers to strike for a third day today to pressure the government to drop plans to increase the retirement age, even as fewer employees stayed away from work yesterday.