Is there a risk of running out of gas in the next few days?
This Tuesday, the majority of French refineries as well as several fuel depots were affected by a strike movement within TotalEnergies.
Enough to power up several service stations.
Added to this is the drop in prices recorded for a month at the pump due to the 20 cents reduction per liter - despite a recovery in recent days - which has meant that "certain stations (were) victims of their success", commented the government spokesperson, Olivier Véran, at the exit of the Council of Ministers this Wednesday noon.
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Results, situations of tension are observed everywhere in France.
“12% of stations across the country are experiencing difficulties on at least one type of fuel,” reported the former Minister of Health.
In Hauts-de-France, this figure rises to more than 30%.
A prefectural decree in Pas-de-Calais
This Wednesday, the LR president of Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand, also called on the government to "remedy" the "shortage" of fuel, which in particular causes difficulties in school transport, in a letter to the minister transport delegate Clément Beaune.
The Pas-de-Calais even had to take a concrete measure.
The prefecture of the department has decided to ban from this Wednesday and until Friday the sale of fuel "in manually transportable containers", reports La Voix du Nord.
“Compliance with this provision and the upcoming supplies should allow the situation to return to normal in the coming days,” assured the prefecture.
Olivier Véran, for his part, wanted to be reassuring.
If he recognized "tensions", he assured that they were "temporary".
“There is no shortage (…), we are not going to run out of gasoline”, he insisted, ensuring however to follow the situation at TotalEnergies “very closely” and specifying that it had been necessary “ here and there, draw on strategic stocks to supply the stations”.