French govt breaks blockades as petrol runs short

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PARIS: Refinery workers stepped up strikes on Tuesday that threaten to paralyze France weeks ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament as the government moved to break their blockades, escalating a three-month tug-of-war over labor reforms. The oil refinery strikes organized by the CGT, France’s biggest union, are part of a bigger wave of social unrest over controversial reforms that has seen thousands of people take to the streets nationwide in recent months. Locked in an intractable battle of wills with the Socialist government, CGT leader Philippe Martinez vowed on Tuesday to continue the strikes until the labor legislation is withdrawn.

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