France has no plans yet for rationing at petrol stations

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The French government will not ration petrol for drivers or restrict the use of petrol stations in response to supply problems linked to refinery strikes.

Christophe Bechu, Minister of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion told Reuters on Saturday.

"We haven't reached this point yet," Bechu told Franceinfo radio when asked if the government would impose any national measures beyond bans in some places on filling jerry cans.

"We are calling on people's calm and sense of responsibility," the minister said, adding that he believed the situation would ease over the next few days.

With the strikes at TotalEnergies TTEF.PA facilities heading into their 11th day, roughly one in five French petrol stations are not being supplied as usual, and strategic oil reserves are likely to be used this weekend.

A walkout by CGT trade union members at TotalEnergies - mainly over pay - has disrupted operations at two refineries and two storage facilities, and two Exxon Mobil XOM.N refineries have faced similar problems since September 20.

"Nothing has moved on, the strikes were continued this morning," a CGT representative at TotalEnergies told Reuters.

He said the union would make a new appeal on Saturday to TotalEnergies Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne to open negotiations ahead of formal wage talks in November and that the union had not given up on any of its demands.

A CGT representative at Exxon Mobil also said the strikes at two of the US company's two French refineries were continuing on Saturday morning and would likely last through the weekend, with new talks with management planned on Monday.

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