French truck drivers block roads, reject labor reforms

French truck drivers have organized road blockades on highways and near fuel depots across the country to protest against President Emmanuel Macron's changes to labor laws.

Two major unions, CGT and FO, have called on a nationwide protest action Monday.

Protesters fear the new rules Macron formally signed last week will lead to a deterioration in working conditions and ease the firing of workers.

Government spokesman Christophe Castaner called on French drivers not to rush to gas stations, to avoid fuel shortages.

The government has started unblocking roads through police intervention in order to allow access to fuel depots.

Macron says labor reforms are essential to reviving the French and European economies.