23 mar 2023 7:20 p.m
Airports in the Île-de-France region are in danger of running out of kerosene due to strikes in French refineries, local media reports. The French government now wants to force striking refinery workers in Normandy to work.
The supply of kerosene to the Île-de-France region and its Paris Charles-de-Gaulle and Paris Orly airports “is becoming critical” due to the strikes in the refineries, the French Ministry for Energy Transition said on Thursday.
Faced with this situation, the government has taken “a requisition order” for the strikers at the TotalEnergies refinery in Normandy, which was shut down last weekend and where fuel deliveries are being blocked.
“The government is following the situation hour by hour and department by department together with the experts and the prefects. We are taking targeted action to release depots occupied by demonstrators. As soon as requisitions can no longer be avoided, we will assume our responsibility.” , explained the Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
For its part, the French Directorate-General for Civil Aviation has been warning airlines for several days that the situation regarding kerosene stocks at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports is “tense” and has asked them to take precautionary measures by issuing two “communications for Air Missions” (NOTAM).
Protests and strikes have been ongoing across the country since March 16, when President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne decided to pass a controversial pension reform without parliamentary approval on the basis of the constitution.
The reform project envisages raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030, with a minimum of 43 years of work required to qualify for a full pension.
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