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French PM Calls for Strike to End Amid Fuel Shortages, Protest

  • CGT union’s walkout focuses on TotalEnergies refineries
  • Almost a third of France’s filling stations are short of fuel
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne ahead of a TV interview in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, on Oct. 16.
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne ahead of a TV interview in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, on Oct. 16.Photographer: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne called on striking refinery workers to return to work as fuel shortages worsened and left-wing politicians led a protest march against increased cost-of-living expenses. 

“It’s not normal that a minority of workers continue to block the country,” Borne said in an interview on TF1 television. She cited salary agreements signed last week by other unions that represent most workers at the companies, though the CGT union remains on strike.