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    France has enough fuel reserves for 115 days of consumption on average, according to official announcement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — France has enough fuel reserves to last four months, the French government said in a statement on Tuesday that sought to allay concerns over the continuing blockades of some oil refineries.

    "The volume of reserves is enough for 115 days of consumption on average, that is at least four months," the announcement read.

    The government admitted that the current daily demand was "well above" the normal levels as consumers tried to stock up on fuel for fear of an impending shortage.

    Action has been taken to resupply gas stations at twice the normal pace, the statement said, adding security cordons at the freed refineries have been reinforced.

    Protesters blocked all eight fuel depots over the weekend in an effort to push the cabinet of Prime Minister Manuel Valls to scrap an unpopular labor law that relaxed hire and fire rules. On Tuesday, police removed blockades from the Fos-sur-Mer and Lorient refineries.

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