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French protests highlight pressure on European leaders from energy crisis

By Noemie Bisserbe, Matthew Dalton and Bojan Pancevski

18 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

In France, striking refinery workers and other labor groups are protesting in demand of higher wages to counteract inflation and energy costs. As the WSJ explains, the turmoil is likely to spread.

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PARIS—Thousands of people took to the streets across France on Tuesday to demand higher wages to cope with rising energy bills and broader inflation, a sign of the political turmoil facing President Emmanuel Macron and other European leaders as the war in Ukraine rages with no end in sight.

Striking teachers, railway and health workers staged marches in dozens of cities across the country, joining protests led by refinery workers who have been on strike for several weeks, choking fuel supplies nationwide and hobbling the country’s refining system. Around 28% of the nation’s gas stations have run out of either gasoline or diesel. Long lines have formed at stations that have supplies, and prices have risen sharply.

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