Gasoline shortage: the government threatens, full limited, Esso agreement... what is the situation this Tuesday morning?

Gasoline shortage: the government threatens, full limited, Esso agreement… what is the situation this Tuesday morning?

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Elisabeth Borne brought together several ministers in Matignon on Monday night about the fuel shortage that threatens France. If the strike continues at Total’s refineries, a deal has been struck at Esso-ExxonMobil.

Will the dry breakdown that threatens French motorists really be resolved in a week? Just returned from a trip to Algeria, Elisabeth Borne urgently summoned several ministers on Monday night to take stock of the situation. Where are we on Tuesday, October 11?

The government threatens to intervene

“The government cannot allow them to blockade the country,” said Elisabeth Borne’s entourage after the meeting on Monday night. “It will continue to take measures to facilitate the supply of the stations as it has been doing for several days, but each one must assume their responsibility. The Government will take its own.” No official decision has been made on what action the government might take.

guest of RTL This Tuesday morning, the government spokesman, Olivier Véran, was clear: “The government asks that all blockades be lifted without delay, otherwise we will do whatever is necessary to lift them.”

#Gas “The government asks that all blockades be lifted without delay, otherwise we will do what is necessary to lift them,” @olivierveran within #RTLMatin with @amandine_begot pic.twitter.com/uTwmBJJ9kl

—RTL France (@RTLFrance) October 11, 2022

The government has the option of requisitioning refinery strikers to return to work. For several days, the State has used its strategic oil reserves to supply the stations. TotalEnergies imported fuel into France at the same time.

Emmanuel Macron reacted on Monday afternoon: “The blockade is not a way of negotiating.”

The strike continues at TotalEnergies

The TotalEnergies CGT has decided to continue the strike this Tuesday, October 11, to obtain a 10% salary increase taking into account inflation. Three TotalEnergies refineries are completely closed: in Normandy, in Feyzin (Rhône) and La Mède (Bouches-du-Rhône), as is a fuel depot near Dunkirk (North). Fifteen motorway service stations join the strike movement today.

CGT employees on strike at the Gonfreville-l'Orcher refinery in Normandy.

CGT employees on strike at the Gonfreville-l’Orcher refinery in Normandy.
Photo: AFP

A salary agreement at Esso-ExxonMobil

The strike affecting oil giant Esso-ExxonMobil must end. Two major unions, CFDT and CFE-CGC, voted in favor of an agreement with management for a 6.5% salary increase in 2023 and a shared value bonus of 3,000 euros. The CGT was placed in the minority. Esso-ExxonMbil operates two refineries in Normandy and Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône).

Limited fuel sale

Given the shortage, the prefects of three departments have decided to limit refueling to 30 liters for all: the Var, the Vaucluse and the Alpes de Haute Provence. During the day, all the prefects will prohibit the sale of fuel in drums in their departments. On Monday night, 29.4% of gas stations were in difficulty nationally (up from 29.7% on Sunday).

The breaking blow for various professions

Freelance nurses, school transport, trucking, craftsmen, taxis – many professions consume a large amount of fuel every day. Liberal nurses unions on Monday night demanded “priority access” to all stations in order to maintain home care. The Rhône firefighters ask for fuel as a priority so that the personnel can reach the barracks.

The TotalEnergies logo near Le Havre, October 5, 2022.

The TotalEnergies logo near Le Havre, October 5, 2022.
Photo: AFP

Prices go up again

Diesel prices rose 10 cents per liter on average last week to 1.8035 per litre. The unleaded 95-E10 sells for an average of €1.5914 (+7.29 cents) and the unleaded 95 at €1.6440 (+7 cents). The decline had been uninterrupted for several weeks. Brent crude rose to $98.75 on Monday night.


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