ITWASSOOTED: French oil workers strike

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

French oil workers strike

did gas prices need another reason to go up?

By Marguerita Choy

PARIS (Reuters) - Strikers have shut France's biggest refinery, are blockading its southern refining hub and threatening to close Total's French plants -- all at a time when consumer nations are crying out for fuel.

The action comes when a dozen U.S. refineries remain shut after Hurricane Rita and plants across the northern hemisphere should be cranking up heating oil output ahead of winter.

Total (TOTF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) is Europe's largest oil refiner, produces half of France's gasoline and heating oil and is a leading supplier of fuel to the United States.
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