French police tear gas protestors trying to block fuel depot

22nd October 2010, Comments 0 comments

French police used tear gas early Friday to repel around 200 demonstrators trying to block a fuel depot near the southern city of Toulouse as part of pension reform protests, unions said.

The advancing demonstrators blockaded oil giant Total's Lespinasse depot for an hour before they were pushed back, police said.

They then set up another blockade on a nearby road, said Gisele Vidallet of the powerful CGT union.

For two months France has been in the grip of a wave of protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy's bid to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 and set the latest threshold for full pension payments at 67.

Over the past 11 days France's 12 oil refineries have been disrupted by strikes, and on Friday around one in five petrol stations had run out of fuel because of blockades at depots and refineries.

© 2010 AFP

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