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Fuel blockades lead to shortages in Paris, police action

France, fuel strike

FOS-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Behind blockades of flaming tires, striking workers in front of the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery are standing firm, playing the accordion — and slowly draining France of its fuel. The union-led blockade, one of several set up at refineries and depots across France, is aimed at securing the withdrawal of the country’s labor reforms, which hopes to ...

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French courts caught up in Yukos vs. Russia assets fight

French courts caught up in Yukos vs. Russia assets fight

PARIS (AP) — The fight between Russia’s government and magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s dismantled Yukos oil company has spread to courtrooms across Europe — and even into space. France has seen multiple court cases in recent months that had entangled rocket and satellite builders and others, in Yukos’ efforts to recover money it says the Kremlin unfairly appropriated. Former Yukos shareholders ...

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Shell, Total get first foreign gas stations in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s state TV is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell and France’s Total will be the first foreign companies to be allowed to operate gasoline stations inside Iran. The Press TV English-language channel quotes the head of Iran’s filling stations union, Bijan Haj Mohammadreza, as saying 100 new licenses have been issued to each company. Until now, the ...

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Total CEO dead in runway crash; plow driver drunk

Total CEO Christophe de Margerie

MOSCOW — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday. Three French crew members also died when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 burst into flames after it hit ...

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5 European countries produce nearly all of their electricity with no-carbon sources

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media As the United States continues to push the boundaries of potential oil and gas extraction, many Europeans nations are pursuing the upper-limits on the cleaner side of the energy spectrum. According to a recent study from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), five European countries now generate more than 90% of their net electricity ...

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Total CEO keeps costly drilling strategy to end: 2014

Michel Rose | Reuters PARIS (Reuters) – The chief executive of French oil major Total <TOTF.PA> is giving himself until the end of the year to strike oil at a big new field somewhere in the world before considering whether to change direction and cut the exploration budget. The Paris-based oil major, which launched a drilling strategy that it termed ...

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INSIGHT-Better late than never, Germany joins new scramble for Africa

By Stephen Brown * Germany slow to invest in region outside S.Africa, Nigeria, Algeria * Now scrambling to catch up with China, France and other rivals * World’s 2nd-biggest exporter eyes growing African consumer markets * Africa hopes arrival of Germans will help develop local industry BERLIN, May 28 (Reuters) – German industry’s representative in Angola, Ricardo Gerigk, has a tough ...

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