Friday, October 22, 2010
Petrol rationing was introduced in France today just as British holidaymakers head across the Channel for half-term getaway.
More than a quarter of the country’s 12,500 petrol stations are dry and some of them have now started limiting fill-ups to 30 litres for cars and 150 litres for lorries.
Meanwhile riot police used tear gas and batons to end blockades at oil refineries.
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As the country plunged further into crisis, President Nicolas Sarkozy is due to hold a crisis meeting to deal solely with dwindling fuel supplies.
A spokesman for the Seine-Maritime department prefecture in Normandy said: ‘Rationing is imperative while we deal with this crisis. Otherwise there would not be enough fuel to go round.’
Overnight a squad of CRS riot police was used to disperse a crowd of some 200 trade unionists blocking the Total deport in Lespinasses, a suburb of Toulouse.
This article was posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 at 7:32 am