May 24, 2016 / 5:56 AM / a year ago

French police clear refinery blockade with water cannon, tear gas -union

MARSEILLE, France, May 24 (Reuters) - French police on Tuesday cleared away striking workers blockading the Fos-sur-Mer refinery in Marseille using water cannon and tear gas, an official of the CGT union said.

Workers at the refinery, which belongs to U.S.-based Exxon Mobil, were taking part in a series of strikes and blockades aimed at putting pressure on the government to withdraw its planned labour reforms. (Reporting by Marc Leras; Writing by Andrew Callus; Editing by James Regan)

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