French farmers to continue fuel blockades over palm oil imports

“We have worked a lot but we did not get enough. We are disappointed given farmers’ involvement,” Christiane Lambert, head of the FNSEA union, which organised the protests, said after meeting with Agriculture Minister Stéphane Travert.Oil and gas major TotalThe protests were triggered by France’s decision to allow Total to use imported palm oil at a biofuelThe blockade concerns a total of 18 refineries and depots across France. Total, which operates 2,200 petrol stations, said all nine of its depots and all but one of its five refineries were blocked.”There are some difficulties in supplying petrol stations particularly in Paris and the Ile-de-France region,” a Total spokesman said Tuesday.Total has urged customers not to rush to petrol stations to fill their tanks, which could spark panic buying and shortages.French authorities last month gave Total permission to use palm oil as a feedstock…

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