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Total says fuel stations running dry due to 'yellow vest' protests

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(Reuters) - Total on Monday said several dozen of its stations had run dry as a more than two-week long protest over fuel tax hikes began to impact fuel reserves and distribution.

A Total said "yellow vest" protesters -- so-called because of the high-visibility jackets they wear and which must be carried in all vehicles in -- were obstructing access to 11 fuel depots.

As a result of the unrest, some 75 fuel stations out of the company's 2,200-strong network across the country were empty because they could not receive supplies, the added.

Protesters have been blocking roads across France, impeding access to fuel depots, shopping malls and some airports. On Saturday, rioters transformed upscale neighbourhoods into battle zones.

In the Morbihan area of Brittany in western France, authorities were considering restricting the volumes that motorists could buy to prevent more fuel stations running out of petrol and diesel, a said.

(Reporting by Bate Felix; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Alison Williams/Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 15:55 IST