More than five-thousand French petrol stations closed down on Thursday (17 January) in a strike by garage owners against squeezed profit margins and government refusal to halt cut-price petrol sales.
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Background: More than five-thousand French petrol stations closed down on Thursday (17 January) in a strike by garage owners against squeezed profit margins and government refusal to halt cut-price petrol sales.
The Garage Owners Union claims that since the price of petrol was raised by 40 per cent last week, their profits have been cut and their livelihood had been placed in peril.
The Union said the strike was expected to spread to 20,000 of France's 50,000 service stations in the next few days. No time limit has been set on the strike.
The French Government's decision to raise the price of petrol followed supply shortages and higher prices for imported Arab oil.
SYNOPSIS: French motorists are going to find it increasingly difficult to get a fill of petrol this week. On Thursday, more than five-thousand petrol stations closed down as garage owners went on strike. They're protesting that last week's forty per cent rise in the price of petrol has badly affected profits. The strike is also to reinforce their opposition to the government refusal to halt the sale of cut-price petrol by some garages during the fuel crisis.
The Garage Owners Union claims the strike will spread rapidly. During the next few days, it expects twenty-thousand of the fifty-thousand service stations to join the big shutdown -- and no time limit has been set on the length of the strike. Last week's decision by the French Government to raise prices was caused by supply shortages and higher prices for oil imports.