Threats that go unheard. The government has been banging its fist on the table since the beginning of the week, but the mobilization of the strikers has not weakened. The strike movement is renewed once again this Wednesday, October 12 at TotalEnergies, in all sites already shut down.
As a reminder, these are the Normandy refinery, the Flanders fuel depot (North), the La Mède bio-refinery (Bouches-du-Rhône) and the Feyzin refinery (Rhône). While it was not yet following the movement, the Donges refinery (Loire-Atlantique) also went on strike this Wednesday. On the Esso-ExxonMobil side, the strike is renewed at the Port-Jérôme refinery, in Seine-Maritime.
These decisions seem to be a strong response to Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne’s announcement on Tuesday, October 11. The tenant of Matignon indeed announced in the afternoon the requisition of the personnel of the Esso-ExxonMobil group and the possibility of doing so also for the employees of the TotalEnergies group. Will the government take the plunge after this new announcement? Answer in the hours that follow, because this day of October 12 promises to be decisive, both on the side of the government and the social movement.
The situation is still as complicated for motorists and the galley continues at the pump. Finding gasoline is almost a miracle now in some departments, where the stations are dry. This is for example the case in Yvelines, in the Paris region, where several of our journalists were unable to fill up their cars last night. This territory is not the only one to experience major supply difficulties.
According to a map published by L’Est Républicain, around thirty departments are particularly affected by the fuel shortage. More than 40% of gas stations there have reported at least one fuel shortage there since the beginning of the month. The continuation of the strike movement is therefore bad news for these French people, who could have even more difficulty finding gasoline in the coming days. From North to South via East, here are all the departments most affected this week.