June 13, 2018 / 8:20 AM / 9 months ago

French unions call on farmers to suspend protests at refineries, fuel depots

PARIS, June 13 (Reuters) - France’s main agriculture union on Wednesday called on farmers to suspend a blockade of refineries and fuel depots that had entered its third day on Wednesday over palm oil imports, an official from the FNSEA union said.

The protests were triggered by France’s decision to allow oil and gas major Total to use imported palm oil at a biofuel plant, which would compete with biodiesel made from locally produced oilseed crops. (Reporting by Sybille de la Hamaide, Editing by Sarah White)

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