One quarter of French filling stations empty: minister

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Roughly a quarter of French filling stations had run dry Wednesday because of a blockade of fuel depots by workers opposing pension reform, Ecology and Energy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo said.

"Of precisely 12,311 filling stations, 3,190 have said they are empty at the moment and are awaiting re-supply," Borloo told the French National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

Another 1,700 stations had run short of either petrol (gasoline) or diesel, he added.

"It's more or less similar to the situation as yesterday, not in the same locations because those change," said the minister.

Borloo on Tuesday said just under 4,000 stations were waiting to be supplied.

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