The government spokesman, Olivier Véran, however, assured this Wednesday that “there is no shortage”.
An increasing number of gas stations have to temporarily close due to insufficient supplies. Leaving the Council of Ministers this Wednesday, the government spokesman, Olivier Véran, admitted that there were many “tensions»Supply in a non-negligible part of the stores, which must close temporarily, due to lack of product.
A “dual parameter playback“, he precised. On the one hand, the strike that hit the refineries disrupts logistic circuits and can lead to occasional shortages. On the other hand, the increase in the discount on pump prices has resulted in a drop in prices, hence a jump in demand, leading tovoltages of availability of one or more fuelslocally.
Despite these impressive numbers,there is no shortage“, The spokesman smiled, inviting consumers to think, to avoid”panic effectsor a run to the petrol pumps. “Everything is on the table to secure it [ces difficultés] be absorbed“, He assured, noting that the State had”withdrawn from strategic securities […] here and thereto power plants.
30% of the Northern gas stations impacted
To date, 12% of the Italian stations “having difficulty with at least one type of fuel“, A figure that may vary depending on the region: in Hauts-de-France thus exceeds 30%, added the representative of the executive. For “Restore a normal situation as soon as possible” North, “so-called ‘strategic’ actions were released today to refuel gas stations”the prefect of Hauts-de-France announced in a statement in the evening.
The authorities also asked the operators of some stations in the north “to set priority access” for the “medical transport”, doctors and nurses. The sale and purchase of fuel in cans and drums has also been banned in the departments of the North, Pas-de-Calais and the Somme. According to the prefecture of Pas-de-Calais, the situation is particularly difficult in the areas around Arras and Béthune.
Shortly before, the president of LR of the Hauts-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand, was alarmed by the situation, in a letter to the government: “Drivers are finding it increasingly difficult to find stations, sometimes even in areas far from depots”he stressed, referring to “Situations of shortage or long waiting” in its region. “I ask the government to quickly remedy this situation so that essential public services, such as school and road transport, can circulate”he wrote.
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A run to the TotalEnergies stations
Started a few days ago, the strike affecting the oil deposits and refineries of the giant TotalEnergies continues to upset the logistics networks. At the origin of the mobilization, the CGT is calling for significant wage increases to counter the losses caused by inflation.
The energy company is also a victim of the success of its operation of restitution of purchasing power to families: eager to avoid a tax on super-profits, the group has reinforced its reduction on the price paid at the pump until the end of the year. In front of the deputies of the flash mission on the “super profits“, The managing director, Patrick Pouyanné, indicated that the first version of his discount on prices at the pump, of 10 cents, led to a”training effectamong its competitors, as well as a leap in volumes of20%“. The reinforced version produced a”race of the French on the stations“, With an explosion in the presence of”80%»The first week, an overwhelmed logistics system and long queues. “We have been overwhelmed“, Summed up the leader.
For the time being, the subsequent discounts have cost his company about 171 million euros, a figure that will increase as long as the device is active. “You tell us: you are making excess profits on refining [en France]well, we’re using them to fund the operation of the discounts“, He launched to the deputies.
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