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Old 21 May 2008
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French fuel strike

Anyone heading this way should be VERY aware that there is a fuel shortage. The last two days the mariners have been blocking the ports, tomorrow is an all out strike & likely to continue for a while unless Sarko backs down.

Around here there's no unleaded left and a ration on diesel 15euros at most garages and the price has spiralled to 155 in places!

Will update tomorrow after the general strike (if I get home from my work with civil servants!)

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Really??? Sh*t!!!

Seemed to be loads this morning, and I have to admit I didn't even know about this. Just went and bought some in Shopi though, to be sure, and no restrictions here and loads of fuel, maybe the Bretons get special treatment?
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You can tell that the season for disruption in France is approaching!

It has been reported on the UK news today that there have been no ferries running for Brittainy, P&O or Speedferries - no reason was given, but that probably adds up to a problem on the French port side of the channel (Eurotunnel was reported to be OK).
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Today's the general strike although the teachers are at school (having taken the last 2 Thursdays off to strike). It's mainly the transport unions.

Fuel seems OK today, no queues, no empty tanks ... the road wasn't even blocked on the way to work ...

So maybe it's all calming down, haven't seen the news today yet!

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Fuel as normal in the Charente today, at least the bit I was in.
As far as I know there haven't been any recent problems with fuel round here.
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After yesterday being fine, we now have one petrol station out of 8 in the nearest town with fuel. The others are DRY.

I'm not sure what's going on, Carcassonne is a bit hit & miss I would think only 30% were open today of the ones I went past.

Hopefully things will be back to normal come Monday!

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at least the french strike properly and they normally get what they want!
after living in france for numerous years i got used to it and thought it was great the way they stand up to the government. i'm back in britain now and everybody moans but do nothing like a bunch of weasel's! the last demonstration of the fuel prices was a joke here and when i offered to the boss i'd park my truck across the M25 and shut down london he said NO! what a wimp!
GO FOR IT THE FRENCH!
cant wait to go back there in 3yrs time.
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This part of Brittany's still fine, although Guingamp was infested with 500 slow moving protesting pensioners and the CRS were out in force apparently blockading Carrefour.
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at least the french strike properly and they normally get what they want!
after living in france for numerous years i got used to it and thought it was great the way they stand up to the government. i'm back in britain now and everybody moans but do nothing like a bunch of weasel's! the last demonstration of the fuel prices was a joke here and when i offered to the boss i'd park my truck across the M25 and shut down london he said NO! what a wimp!
GO FOR IT THE FRENCH!
cant wait to go back there in 3yrs time.


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does anyone have the latest on the petrol situation in france, areas affected and is it going to get worse? i'm heading from caen down to treignac on friday. i thought all i had to worry about was the weather
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does anyone have the latest on the petrol situation in france, areas affected and is it going to get worse? i'm heading from caen down to treignac on friday. i thought all i had to worry about was the weather
Over here in the Charente, sort of 50 - 60 mile west of where you are going there is no fuel I'm afraid.
This is in the local supermarkets and generally round and about.
I don't know what other parts of France are like or what it will be like tomorrow, but today, 26th. of May, they isn't any.
This is in the local supermarkets and generally round and about.
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Just to say Brittany's still fine, and there seems to be petrol and diesel everywhere. That said, the fishermen are blocking selected roads with their "Operations Escargot", but that's only a slow filter through and they do give you free fresh fish.
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Is this going to be a long term thing?
I'm travelling over to the Tenere International weekend near Metz this coming friday and hoping there won't be any fuel problems then!

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at least the french strike properly and they normally get what they want!
after living in france for numerous years i got used to it and thought it was great the way they stand up to the government. i'm back in britain now and everybody moans but do nothing like a bunch of weasel's! the last demonstration of the fuel prices was a joke here and when i offered to the boss i'd park my truck across the M25 and shut down london he said NO! what a wimp!
GO FOR IT THE FRENCH!
cant wait to go back there in 3yrs time.
We've been moaning and groaning in the good ol' USA, but we don't have the guts to stand up to much of anything. I think a good strike would do the trick here. As much as we put down the French a few years ago--I say go for it--shut down the country and let them know that the country is there for you, not the other way around!
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