Faced with the fuel crisis, a worried government trying to downplay the situation

The government had placed it under the sign of sobriety last week, with the presentation, on Thursday 6 October, of the energy saving plan. But it is the word “deficiency” that has appeared on the agenda. In recent days, images of lines of motorists waiting to refuel have multiplied in many regions. A situation caused in part by several strikes in TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil refineries and fuel depots, started about ten days ago.

On Friday 7 October, after an informal European summit in Prague, Emmanuel Macron tried to calm the situation. “I really want to get a message here (…) invites to calm, declared the President of the Republic, before inviting “Everyone has a responsibility” : “All wage demands are legitimate, but they must not prevent each other from living and being able to move. “

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“The situation will improve over the course of the weekPrime Minister Elisabeth Borne promised on Sunday 9 October on the sidelines of a trip to Algeria. The measures we have taken have increased deliveries by 20% compared to the usual flows. “ “It takes time for the flows to reach the right place and for this to compensate for the effect of overconsumption that has occurred in some areas”we explain again to the Ministry of Energy Transition.

The day after a meeting with transporters, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Energy Transition, announced on Saturday the release of strategic stocks, the mobilization of oil operators called to increase imports and the authorization for the movement of trucks on weekends. to refuel petrol stations. Agnès Pannier-Runacher and her transport colleague, Clément Beaune, also multiplied contacts with all parties over the weekend, in particular with TotalEnergies, which proposed to bring forward the salary negotiations initially planned for mid-November, but also with the trade unions.

Put pressure on the tankers

Agnès Pannier-Runacher also got the Esso-ExxonMobil executives to bring the unions together on Monday 10 October and hopes that an agreement can be found quickly. “Today the management of Esso and Total clearly made openings towards employee representatives.says the minister. In these days we have discussed, my teams and I, with the various trade unions. I have heard messages of responsibility. This must now materialize quickly and the social dialogue must take place in compliance with the rules. “

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