Fiery protest over proposed labour reforms

Riot police on guard behind a fire yesterday as refinery workers staged a blockade of the oil depot of Douchy-Les-Mines in northern France, to protest against the government's proposed labour reforms. Refinery workers stepped up strikes that threaten
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Riot police on guard behind a fire yesterday as refinery workers staged a blockade of the oil depot of Douchy-Les-Mines in northern France, to protest against the government's proposed labour reforms. Refinery workers stepped up strikes that threatened to paralyse France weeks ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament, as the government moved to break their blockades, escalating a three-month tug-of-war over labour reforms. Faced with shortages at dozens of petrol stations, France has mobilised its strategic oil stocks for the first time since the last major refinery strike in 2010, but officials said there was no underlying shortage, and no risk of one.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2016, with the headline 'Fiery protest over proposed labour reforms'. Print Edition | Subscribe