French Fuel Crisis Causes Transport Disruption

Road freight movements in France are being hit this week by a fuel crisis that has almost emptied a quarter of the country’s 12,000 fueling stations, Reuters reports. Oil workers at Total have shutdown output at three of its five refineries in France and deliveries from a fourth have been blockaded by protesters. Three out of nine oil depots have also been blockaded. There are a total of eight refineries in the country.

Exxon Mobile said its two refineries had not been affected but Reuters reported that striking workers had blockaded the oil terminal at Fos-sur-Mer in southern France. Later reports from the BBC website say that all refineries in the country have been affected.

The workers, led by the hardline CGT and FO unions, are protesting at moves by the government of President Francois Hollande to introduce a new bill deregulating the labour market.

Those protests build on the disruption caused last week across all transport modes by strike action in protest at the new labour bill.

 So far OEMs and transport providers to the automotive industry in France have been largely reserved in their comments on the impact the ongoing protests are having on their business.
Please be guided accordingly.

RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates once available