While France’s supply depots have been cleared of protesters, and 3 of the 12 refineries have voted to go back to work, protests are still affecting other parts of the French economy The protests have caused fuel shortages at 1 in 3 gas stations, and port and dock workers are still protesting at ports like Marseille, which has been on strike for 30 days. Trash collectors in Marseille protested by refusing to collect the trash, a protest which has spread to other cities. Unions called for another day of protests on Thursday, and students will protest on Tuesday. The Senate passed the pension reform bill, and the law is expected to go into effect on Wednesday. The unions say that they will call for more protests on November 6 if the reforms are not withdrawn or opened up for negotiations.
See “French fuel depots cleared of protesters,” BBC News Online, Oct 25 2010 (SD)
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