On Thursday March 23, the ninth day of general and national mobilization against the pension reform took place. According to the Ministry of the Interior, 1.1 million demonstrators were present throughout France. The CGT raises the figure of 3.5 million people. For some, it was their first time joining the movement. A strong protest was therefore expressed on Thursday. According to comments collected by FranceInfo on the spot, people who joined the demonstration for the first time found it necessary to join the movement after the use of article 49.3 by Elisabeth Borne.

Emmanuel Macron’s speech ended up convincing the novices of the demonstrations. Indeed, many French people considered that this intervention revealed contempt and blindness to the disputes of the French. In this sense, after the demonstration on Thursday March 23, the intersyndicale met at the headquarters of the CFDT, in the Belleville district of Paris, to announce the next actions. A tenth day of mobilization has been announced for Tuesday, March 28. Proximity mobilizations are also planned, like the week preceding the March 23 strike. A press release was posted on Twitter.

In addition, the sectors therefore continue to mobilize and renew the strike. The consequences then begin to be felt.

Since March 7, many refineries have mobilized to contest the strike. Thus, one of the largest refineries in France, the TotalEnergies refinery in Normandy has been blocked since Saturday March 18. Other TotalEnergies and Esso refineries followed. These renewed strikes resulted in a shortage of fuel from the beginning of the week of March 20. One of the departments most affected for the moment is that of Bouches-du-Rhône. Check out our slideshow below to find out if restrictions apply in your department.

In anticipation of future fuel shortages which could affect more departments in the coming weeks, some prefectures have taken certain measures. Indeed, renewable decrees impose a restriction of gasoline. Indeed, until Monday March 27 inclusive, “vehicles could only take 30 liters and trucks 120 liters (between 3.5 and 12 tons) as well as 200 liters (more than 12 tons). It was also forbidden to fill the jerrycans and 16 service stations must make fuel available for vehicles of priority professions”, specify our colleagues from Capital.

These restrictions could then be extended in the coming weeks. Find out in our slideshow below if your department is affected by restrictions.