France faces potential halt of oil refineries amid strike

|By:, SA News Editor

France is bracing for a possible interruption of operations at its refineries tomorrow as union protests against labor law changes escalate.

Union members, who already have disrupted truck shipments from fuel depots and caused shortages in northern France, will vote near midday Friday on whether to stop work at the country's oil refineries, according to the union’s representative for the oil industry.

Total (TOT -1.8%), Europe’s largest refiner, operates five refineries in France out of a total of eight across the country; the last time all its plants were halted was in December 2013 for a week in a dispute over wages.