Day of action in several French cities to protest rising fuel prices

A truck blocking the Guilberville (Normandy) interchange on the A84 highway on March 21, 2022, as part of a demonstration against rising fuel prices.

Construction and public works (BTP) experts, fishermen, farmers, transporters, and even taxi drivers are new nationwide to protest fuel prices, believing that government announcements in this regard are not sufficient. I took action.

In Normandy, near Triny Les Villes (Manche), at the entrance to the A84 highway connecting Avranches and Caen, about 200 heavy-duty vehicles were blocked for several hours. At the end of the afternoon, the county told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that there were still 345 large freight vehicles parked at the Gibelville highway exit roundabout.

The € 400 million envelope and repayment of 15 cents per liter of diesel, announced by the government last week as aid to road carriers, were not enough to ease the anger of demonstrators.

Invited on Monday night at TF1, to assist Macron, Prime Minister Jean Castex considered it important from a presidency perspective and about the fuel crisis. “No matter who it is, the power in place can choose to continue acting.”..

“I’m planning (…) petrol and diesel, energy devices, which is a bit different from everyone’s 15 cents.”, Underlined Mr. Castex.Head of Government mentioned the device “More focused on two categories of our fellow citizens: people who work or drive a lot there, probably need to exceed 15 cents.” When “Second entry key” for “A more targeted device for our fellow citizens with low purchasing power and low income, in other words, those who make less money or drive a lot.”..

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Fuel prices are still too high

Road fuel prices sold at service stations in France fell below an average of € 2 last week for the first time since the beginning of the year, but experts in some sectors are still seeking lower prices. Road diesel (GNR). Prices for these fuels have been rising constantly over the last few months and have risen significantly since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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At the beginning of the afternoon, four vessels were still blocking access to the Trepol trade basin, according to the Seine-Maritime province. At noon, 150 to 150 fishermen closed the harbor, according to the town’s micro-fishermen’s cooperative.

In Brittany, where the strongest deceleration was seen in Morbihan around Lorient and traffic congestion of about 10 km occurred, it was time for mitigation. Representatives of utilities companies, carriers, farmers, ambulance drivers, taxis and agricultural companies have decided to lift the blockage.

Morbian province “Meet in person frankly” With representatives of the profession that could be announced “Determining their demands” .. According to the prefecture, traffic resumed as usual on national highways RN24 and RN165 in the afternoon.

Manipulating snails in some cities

Snail operations were also performed on the Rennes Bypass, Brest, Angers and La Rochel. South of Lyon, shipments from the TotalEnergies refinery in Fezan (Rhone) were blocked by calls from Confédération paysanne and Rural Coordination to 12 trucks.

Despite the demo “So far, there is no tension in supply and no tension is expected.”Told AFP to a spokesman for Ufip Energies and Mobilities, a gathering of experts in the French oil sector.

Taxi drivers are also involved in the exercise by manipulating snails in Orleans and Besancon. Near Marseille, hundreds of taxis blocked distribution warehouses in the Miramas commercial area. According to Yazid Ziani, a member of the National Taxi Federation, rising fuel prices represent a monthly taxi loss of € 400-600. “People who earn an average of 2 000 euros per month »..

On Corsica, two oil depots on the islands of Ajaccio (Corse-du-Sud) and Lucciana (Haute-Corse) were blocked by farmers who installed tractors and trailers in front of the depot entrance at 5:30 am. In the prefecture. They are looking for a resilience plan that is unique to Corsica. In Hauts-de-France, filter dams have been installed at the Dourges (Pas-de-Calais) and Lesquin Transport and Logistics Centers (Nord).

World with AFP