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French police, protesters clash at refinery

Clashes between French police and protesters at ExxonMobil’s Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery have left three officers seriously injured, authorities say.

APTOPIX France Pensions Riot police have launched tear gas at oil workers blocking access to an oil depot in Fos-sur-Mer.
March 22, 2023
22 March 2023

Three police officers have been seriously injured during clashes with protesters at ExxonMobil’s Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery near the port city of Marseille, the Marseille police department says.

This happened as the government took steps to order workers to resume operations at the refinery.

The protests there marked the latest example of growing social unrest against President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to increase the retirement age.

BFM TV had earlier broadcast images of the refinery site enveloped in tear gas, while some demonstrators intermittently threw objects at police lines.

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