Total: five out of six French refineries are shut down

PARIS - Two of Total's six French refineries are now shutdown and three others in the “shutdown phase”. This state of affairs results from the strike launched by the CGT and the CFDT to denounce the abolition of the holiday of Whit Monday in the company.

The oil group, the leading European refiner, however, assured that there would not be, "in the medium term", supply problems for the 5626 service stations (including around 2000 under the Elan brand) that it has. France. The ministry of industry had for its part indicated Thursday that there was "no risk of shortage in the short term".

However, this is not the opinion of Charles Foulard, CGT central union representative. Based on information gathered in the field, he assures that "some depots are going through their last hours". He even suspects the multinational of tapping into France's strategic reserves.

He said that there was still no resumption of dialogue with senior management. "The prerequisite" for any suspension of the movement was "the withdrawal of the application of the law on the day of solidarity," he added. “The employees are more determined than ever, they will go all the way. "

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The strike comes a few days after the general meeting of shareholders of Total, which approved the 2004 accounts marked by a record net profit of 9,61 billion euros and during which Thierry Desmarest, boss of the group, reaffirmed his attachment to social dialogue.

Source: SDA-ATS www.Swissinfo.org

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