“Less than 25% of service stations were out of stock at noon compared to 30% last weekend”, announced Elisabeth Borne on Tuesday, October 18. For several weeks, France was marked by an unprecedented episode of stock shortages and fuel shortages.
Indeed, a strike has been going on for some time at Total and Esso, two industry giants, causing a major crisis. Faced with this difficult situation where the dialogue between the unions and the companies was complex, the government took firm measures such as the requisitioning of personnel or the increase in imports.
“I personally intervened to ensure that social dialogue took place at Total and at Esso. In these two companies, wage negotiations led to the signing of agreements by unions representing the majority of employees. Therefore, it is not not acceptable that a minority continues to block the country and it is time for work to resume”, hammered the Prime Minister before the National Assembly. These remarks did not fail to make people react, especially on the left of the hemicycle.
“I fully measure the difficulties of millions of French people who, even today, are penalized by strikes in oil depots and refineries,” she added.
Today, the situation finally seems to be improving and this can be seen in the figures. Indeed, between October 17 and 18, the rate of stations affected by stockouts on French territory rose from 28.1% to 24.8%, according to figures from the Ministry of Energy Transition.
However, this improvement is not spread evenly across the territory and the situation is changing differently from one region to another. Find out what’s going on at home in our slideshow below.