Fuel pipeline to Paris cut as protests escalate ( and DeGaulle/Orly airports too)

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    Why yes sir, exactly what the doctor ordered for us.

    We need to give them the power to org. more job sectors so they can cripple the country when they don't get their annual 4.5% increase (in the middle of the 2nd biggest economic downturn since the depression) and their 55 by 30 retirement........they simply need more bargaining power...right? Who can be against that?

    I got it; lets just kill the secret vote and cripple the co's /employers ability to say anything at all in the matter as to alternatives to organizing etc. and..... members just have to sign their names to a sheet of paper, more than 50%, of those present say yes, done deal....


    One of Napoleons Maxims- "a people brought up on victory , don't know how to accept defeat"....

    Or, in today's parlance- "a people brought up on the government teet, don't know when to just let go."


    Fuel pipeline to Paris cut as protests escalate


    PARIS, Oct 15 (Reuters) - French refinery workers cut off a fuel pipeline to Paris on Friday as protesters piled on pressure to derail President Nicolas Sarkozy's unpopular pension reform.

    Police broke up blockades at fuel depots in southern France but protesters blocked a terminal at Paris's Orly airport and truckers were set to join the fray as momentum built for a day of street rallies on Saturday.

    conclusion at-
    Paris airports pipeline cut amid protests: company - Yahoo! Singapore News


    Fuel pipeline to Paris cut as protests escalate


    PARIS (AFP) - – The fuel pipeline to Paris' two main airports as well as depots outside the capital was cut on Friday, operator Trapil told AFP, as pension reform protests around the country hit supplies.

    The main Paris air hub, Charles de Gaulle, could run out of fuel as early as next week, a company spokesman said, adding that three fuel depots supplying road filling stations south of the capital would also be hit.

    Contacted by AFP, Paris' airport authority had no immediate comment.

    "Orly airport has stocks for 17 days, and Roissy for at least the weekend," the Trapil official said, adding that the pipeline carried petrol, diesel and aviation fuel from the Grandpuits refinery east of Paris, which is on strike.

    The CGT trade union said its members, who are protesting plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, had downed tools at Grandpuits and that production there would halt completely on Friday.

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    Paris airports pipeline cut amid protests: company - Yahoo! Singapore News


    annnd of course...

    European Federation of Public Service Unions
    Representing more than 200 unions - 8 million public service workers


    Energy > EPSU extends solidarity with unions in France and Slovenia


    EPSU extends solidarity with unions in France and Slovenia - EPSU
     
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    The statist giveth, and the statist taketh away.
     
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    I'm no Francophile, but it seems as if racism is rising like sap in France...right on cue with economic downturn and anxiety about the future.

    Dispute Grows Over France?s Removal of Roma Camps - Readers' Comments - NYTimes.com

    France Bans the Burqa | FrontPage Magazine

    Racism Unfiltered in France - TIME

    t r u t h o u t | Activists Protest Against Racism, Xenophobia Across France (Photo Essay)

    This pattern of scapegoating is as old as humankind; I wonder why the hell so few Americans realize it is happening here as some wealthy people seek to divert our righteous anger over the economy onto hapless American Muslims?

    Cole takes Palin to task on loony comments about Shariah | Islamophobia Today eNewspaper

    Does nobody read Sinclair Lewis anymore?

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    Sorry, I hijacked the thread....back to hating on greedy French Unions........
     
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    Islamist are invaders. The French know something you don't.
     
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    no offense maddy but juan cole is a '"Le Charlaton" himself. I couldn't get past the second paragraph sorry, I tried to read it. His 'informed comment' once a worthy read has over the years become nothing more than a lefty screed machine. He points out her inflation of the 'threat' yet in the same rant conflates what she has said so he can beat her down over it....hay fields come to mind.

    You can see that in the section you posted, I agree shes making hay on the sharia threat, but his response(s) etc., and from a 'proff.' in that field alone are waaaay out of his area of expertise and league.
     
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    All quite fair criticisms, Trajan. I would read better writers on the subject if'n I could find them.
     
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    I agree..the problem is folks like this that in essence do have the goods to an extent to make comments on such usually employ strawmen and highly charged pejoratives when they really don't have to, then their because their slant or innate bias takes over, and when that happens truth slips away and rhetoric takes its place.
     
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    well the gas stations are running dry and this appears to be escalating. Who'll blink first?

    French riot police clash with students as petrol stations run dry


    Despite claims that it had petrol provision “under control”, the government said it had activated an emergency crisis cell charged with maintaining fuel supplies.

    The opposition Socialists criticised François Fillon, the prime minister, for failing to speak to the unions over proposed pension reforms, which would raise minimum and full retirement ages to 62 and 67.

    “We have a prime minister who thinks he is Churchill but who is only Thatcher,” said Harlem Désir, the Socialists’ deputy leader. “He is trying to make us think he is carrying out great reforms to save our economy but in fact he is smashing our social model.”

    The Socialists, like the unions, want to allow the French to continue to retire at 60 despite rising life expectancy, saying the shortfall could be filled by increasing tax on capital and the number of years a person paid into the system.

    Mr Fillon said his government has already made concessions but would not back down on the two most contentious changes. President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday that the reform would pass despite the strikes.

    All 12 of France’s oil refineries remained closed because of strike action and many fuel depots were blocked by pickets. About 1,500 petrol stations on the forecourts of French supermarkets ran out of fuel, according to their industry association. Taking into account all other petrol stations, over 2,600 had run dry.

    The UFIP oil industry lobby has warned that France may see serious fuel supply problems by midweek, obliging the government to look at tapping some of the country’s emergency reserves. A spokesman for Exxon Mobil described the situation as “critical”, while Leclerc, one of France’s biggest supermarket chains, said the filling stations on its forecourts would “all run dry by the end of the week”.

    Youth protests turned violent in Paris and a string of major cities on Monday. Molotov cocktails flew outside a school in the Paris suburb of Combes-la-Ville, and police said they were even briefly threatened with a rifle-toting protester angry.

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    French riot police clash with students as petrol stations run dry - Telegraph
     

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