The French government calls for calm in the face of shortages at some gas stations

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  • The lack of fuel is due to the strike that affects three refineries of the oil groups Total and Esso

The French government calls for calm in the face of shortages at some gas stations

The French government made this sá; I have a new A call for calm given the continuing scarcity of fuel in a growing number of gas stations, especially in the north of the country.

Almost one in five gas stations has a fuel shortage, according to the Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, who insists on the rest, more than 80 %, “operating normally”.

Strategic reserves released

We have released strategic reserves. We are calling for calm and responsibility,” the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, told the FranceInfo public broadcaster.

The operators have also resorted to n to emergency imports, and the authorities have exceptionally authorized tanker trucks to circulate tomorrow, Sunday – when they are normally prohibited from working – in order to help supply service stations. “The situation should improve,” he assured. Béchu.

Request for wage increases

The shortage is due to the strike affecting three refineries of the oil groups Total and Esso, whose workers demand salary increases that compensate for the increase in the cost of living and more hiring. The strike at the Esso refinery in Fos (near Marseille) began 17 days ago, while two Total installations stopped last Tuesday.

President Emmanuel Macron asked yesterday “calms” the French. “Given the scarcity, there have been panic movements and many of our compatriots have rushed to the gas stations to fill the tank as a precaution. However, this attitude accelerates the panic effect,” he stressed. .

Waiting for hours

In some areas, including the Paris region, television images show long queues and frustrated drivers because of the wait, which sometimes It takes several hours, or because when their turn comes the fuel they need has run out.

The situation is especially serious in the Hauts-de-France region ( north), where almost half of the service stations suffer some kind of shortage.

In the prefecture of Vaucluse, motorists will only be able to refuel from today 30 liters of fuel, while vehicles over 3.5 tons have a limit of 120 liters.

In several departments it has been prohibited the sale of fuel in drums and containers, and in others priority has been given to vehicles such as ambulances, firefighters, police and school buses. ares.