Conflict & Justice

French protests intensify

About 1,500 gas stations in France have run dry or are about to close as fuel supplies are hit by strikes over government pension reforms, officials say. A blockade of oil refineries is into its seventh day and the body that supplies most supermarkets says one in four petrol stations is affected. President Nicolas Sarkozy has called a crisis cabinet to protect supplies. Oil company Exxon Mobil has described the situation as �critical�. Anita Elash reports.

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