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by Joey Severn for The News Portal at 11:33pm on 15th of October 2010

22 people were arrested as France entered a third day of labor strikes in opposition to proposed pension reform today.

The main pipeline to two of Paris’s airports was also cut and riot police were deployed to try and regain control of fuel depots forced to close due to picketing workers.

70% of oil refineries have been shut down due to the strikes resulting in panic buying and causing hundreds of filling stations to close after supplies of fuel ran out.

Students also clashed with police in Lyon and have closed down 300 schools across the country, in what could be a turning point of the strikes.

Historically once students take to the streets a climb down by the government often follows, memories have been cast back to 1968 where a two week strike bought the country to it’s knees and forced Charles de Gaulle out of office a year later.


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