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French Oil Refinery Strikes Leave Some Filling Stations Dry

  • CGT union says area around Le Havre and Lyon are affected
  • French government is looking to replenish fuel stockpiles
Storage silos at the Total SE petrochemical plant in Le Havre, France.
Storage silos at the Total SE petrochemical plant in Le Havre, France.Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg
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Gasoline and diesel filling stations in parts of France have started to run out of fuel as industrial action at the nation’s refineries extends into a second week.

The strikes add pressure to Europe’s market for diesel and heating oil, which has been left short by the loss of Russian supply. Europe’s benchmark diesel contract has tightened this week as France is looking to rebuild strategic stockpiles that released earlier this year.