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Requisitions, "conflicts and threats": trip to Loire-Atlantique where gasoline is becoming scarce


REPORT - In this department, the second most affected by the shortage, some stations are reserved for professionals. Gas station attendants, still having fuel, must manage the tensions.

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No, it's not about football but about... shortage of gasoline at gas stations.

Behind her counter, this manager located in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, has just learned that her fuel has been requisitioned for a few additional days, until Friday.

Within ten minutes, the phone calls poured in.


It's time when we will soon cut the phone

," says the manager, after repeating many times that his pumps were not open to the general public.

According to calculations made by

Fig Data

, Loire-Atlantique was the second department most affected by shortages of diesel or gasoline on Tuesday March 28, with a rate of 47.1% of stations in difficulty, now leaving first place to Ille-et- Naughty (50.7%).

The Bouches-du-Rhône were down to 41.8%.

In question: blockages in refineries.

At the request of the prefecture, four stations located around Nantes and Saint-Nazaire are thus reserved for the vehicles of organ transporters, the police, the gendarmerie, the personnel of health establishments, or even ambulances.

A relief for a health professional working in a rehabilitation center at the Confluent hospital: “

We shot a lot.

My mother received an email informing her that the station was requisitioned

, ”says her son who came to pay for her.


It's funny because I just had a friend on the phone who told me that in La Rochelle, she doesn't feel the lack

“, Shares a nurse at the checkout.

Here in Saint-Herblain, as a deterrent, a red and white warning tape blocks the main entrance and prices are not displayed.

A single pass lets people with a pass pass enter, after checking a professional card, an employer certificate or a pay slip.

One of the requisitioned Loire-Atlantique stations.

LT/Le Figaro

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Violence, tensions, threats...

In the center of Nantes, Emma, ​​a home helper, waits for her turn in a lambda station.


We are taken hostage

" laments the one who is queuing behind a dozen cars.


It's much better than yesterday

," said the boss of this downtown station, while making signs to regulate the queues.

In recent days, he has witnessed incredible scenes of violence: “

Muddles, threats … I don't want to relive what I experienced this weekend.

At the end of the week, a lady came, got confused with someone, she took a skullcap...

” reports, still shocked, Anthony.

He decided to take a step back from all that.


It's a crazy thing

“, he points out, delivering the story of these two buyers present from 7 a.m. on Monday, after having slept in their vehicle in the nearby parking lot.

Pointing to the scooters overtaking motorists, Anthony explains that he no longer intervenes so as not to aggravate the situation and take blows: “

we are not going to risk our lives for bullshit fuel.

It becomes a risky business


In the meantime, he remains calm for the next few days.

People create scarcity, it's psychological

Anthony, manager of a station in the center of Nantes

If he is being delivered from the La Rochelle oil depot at the moment and not Donges, he has not yet anticipated his next order.

With fewer guns than the supermarkets, it sells its stock more slowly.

According to him, with fear, “

people create scarcity.

It's psychological.

“An observation shared by Vanessa, 41, who came to refuel only because she is interviewing.

Otherwise, she travels on foot as much as possible.

Moreover, due to supply tensions, she and her husband have decided to make an effort and only use one car out of the two.

Anthony, manager of a service station in the center of Nantes.

Prepayment avoids theft.

LT/Le Figaro

About fifteen kilometers from Nantes, in Couëron, several motorists were fooled at the Carrefour supermarket station.

No queues, signs saying “

we limit fuel to €30

”... Hope is shattered when the card reader abandons the transaction.

The other two stations in the town are also empty this Monday evening according to a driver.

Sigh for this motorist who is at his third station after having tried them haphazardly, without application, like many other road users encountered.

I didn't stop at Atlantis because there were too many people


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Indeed, dozens of cars follow one another in the station of the large shopping center located at the gates of Nantes.


Temporary closing of the service station from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

" is written on a sign.

An hour and a half before the fateful hour, refueling goes quickly: a ten-minute wait thanks to the multiplicity of pumps.

Here, no incivility that evening.

I live in Ancenis [forty minutes by car].

I did 5 or 6 stations

“, shares Abdelhamid, working in the construction sector.

Almost dry, the one who adheres to the protest and demonstrates is still relieved to be able to upgrade his tank.

Gabriel, 20, on his three-wheeled motorbike, will also be able to return to work peacefully.

Crossed a few minutes earlier in Couëron, calling his friends to build a plan in the event of a fuel shortage, the employee of the transport sector was finally able to make the trip to Atlantis to refuel.

Gabriel, 20, works in the field of transport.

In the reserve, he hoped to find fuel in Couëron … LT / Le Figaro

We finally find Gabriel a few minutes later at the Leclerc Atlantis station, on his three-wheeled motorcycle, in Saint-Herblain.

LT/Le Figaro

Source: lefigaro

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