French fuel depots forced open amid strikes

October 20, 2010 12:13

PARIS — French authorities on Wednesday morning forced strike-shuttered fuel depots to reopen to ensure gasoline supplies, and the interior minister threatened to send in paramilitary police to stop rioting on the fringes of protests against raising the retirement age to 62.

In the Paris suburb of Nanterre on Wednesday morning, about 100 students blocked the school entrance and part of highway in front of the school, while a "tranquility team" of about 30 adults in special red jackets sought to keep things calm.

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