Several departments were still strongly affected by fuel shortages on Monday, despite an improvement in the situation on average across the country, according to official data analyzed by AFP.
While the strike by refinery employees only affects two TotalEnergies sites, in Normandy and in the Rhône, some 20.9% of service stations at the national level still lacked at least one type of fuel (gasoline or diesel). ), on a sample of stations that used it on September 20, before the strike.
These calculations were made using data available at 9:45 a.m. Monday on the prix-carburants.gouv.fr site and covering around 9,300 points of sale.
However, this average conceals contrasting realities on the ground: at least one fuel was missing in 58.3% of the Puy-de-Dôme stations and 55.1% of those in Ain. Figures that reached 51% in Indre-et-Loire, 49.4% in Seine-Saint-Denis and 48.3% in Nièvre.
In Haute-Saône, where supply problems still affect nearly 30% of stations, only three out of six points of sale distributed fuel on Monday in the middle of the day in Vesoul. A TotalEnergies station reserved sales for its customers with a loyalty card, dismissing other motorists.
“People were scared, they filled up,” said Jean-Charles Greusard, who runs an independent station in Navenne, in the Vesoul agglomeration, and was to be delivered by a truck from Strasbourg in the afternoon.
“Afterwards, it will be calm,” added the entrepreneur who planned to raise the price of diesel to 2.09 per liter.
The proportion of stations in total shortage was 12.8% on national average. But some departments also found themselves in much more tense situations: 36.2% in Yonne, 35.5% in Puy-de-Dôme and in Nièvre, or 34.5% in Paris.
For his part, the Minister of Transport Clément Beaune mentioned Monday morning “a little more than 10% of the stations which are still in difficulty, that is to say which lack at least one product”.
“There are still a number of difficulties (…) but we are no longer in the situation we knew 15 days ago”, at the height of the strike, said Mr. Beaune on Franceinfo radio.
He recognized a “slightly more difficult” situation in Ile-de-France, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.