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Fuel warning to bank holiday drivers amid French protests

British travellers have been advised to fill up with petrol or diesel in the UK before holidaying on the continent across the bank holiday weekend after strike action in France led to fuel shortages.

The dispute over labour reforms has led to blockades in French towns, cities, on motorways and bridges, as well as disruption of the nation's rail and air travel.

At least 77 people were arrested in violent clashes between protesters and police in Paris and other cities during Thursday's nationwide day of industrial action.

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Motorists fill up in Folkestone to avoid French fuel woe

Drivers heading for the continent have heeded advice to fill their petrol tanks up in the UK because of fuel shortages amid strike action in France.

Motorists took the opportunity to fill their cars and jerry cans at Folkestone before journeying on across the English channel.

Drivers filled up at the pumps before heading to France. Credit: Good Morning Britain
Motorists have been urged to stock more petrol for longer journeys in France and beyond. Credit: Good Morning Britain
The RAC urged drivers not to attempt journeys abroad unless they have enough fuel for the whole trip. Credit: Good Morning Britain
UK breakdown recovery firms warned drivers a rising number of their customers had already become stranded in France after their tanks ran dry. Credit: Good Morning Britain

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