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France fuel shortages worsen as strikes continue

Fuel shortages are worsening in France with nearly half of all filling stations now partially or completely out of fuel, according to Essence fuel monitoring website.

France began using its reserve fuel supply to deal with shortages yesterday.

Motorists queue to get fuel at a filling station Credit: Reuters
Workers blockade a road stopping an oil truck from getting past Credit: Reuters

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French nuclear workers to go on strike

The Golfech nuclear power plant Credit: Reuters

French nuclear power station workers are joining the industrial strike on Thursday in the dispute over the controversial labour reforms.

The CGT union said staff at 16 of France's 19 nuclear plants had voted for a one-day strike.

The 58 nuclear reactors across 19 sites generate almost 75 per cent of its electricity.

Grid operator RTE's website showed that at least nine nuclear reactors reported unplanned outages after the workers voted on Wednesday.

The strikes have paralysed French businesses and disrupted fuel supplies.

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Pension changes 'could adversely affect other retirement funds'

Former Minister of State for Pensions Steve Webb has issued a warning over the government's proposed changes to pensions laws.

Mr Webb said that what may initially seem appropriate to rescue Tata Steel's UK business could create an adverse knock-on effect for other pensioners.

One shot dead and three injured at New York gig

The scene inside the concert venue after the shooting Credit: AP

One person has been shot dead and three injured at a New York City concert venue where rapper TI was performing.

Two men and a woman were taken to hospital. A fourth victim walked to a nearby hospital on their own.

Streets were blocked off near the scene of the shooting but no arrests have been made.

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TI was about to headline a concert at the club when shots were fired at around 10.15pm local time.

Rapper TI Credit: Reuters
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