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French fuel blockade lifted; Hollande says he won't let protesters strangle economy

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 05:50
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STANDOFF: A protester taking his chances against riot police during a demonstration against labour reform in Lyon on Thursday.

Paris

FRENCH riot police removed picketers and barricades blocking access to a large fuel distribution depot as President Francois Hollande warned anti-reform protesters on Friday that he would not let them strangle the economy.

The police operation to free up a fuel depot near the