Since March 7 and the call of the inter-union to “bring France to a halt”, fuel shipments have been interrupted in France. To mark its opposition to the pension reform, the CGT-Chemistry has chosen to attack the supply at the pump. It has paralyzed refineries for several days all over France.
And, since the announcement of the rejection of the motion of censure on Monday, March 20, the strike has hardened in the refineries. This Tuesday, March 21, 10% of service stations lack one or more fuels, or 6 points more than last week, according to Le Figaro.
On the evening of Monday March 20, the seven French refineries renewed their blocking of fuel shipments. In Gonfreville-l’Orcher (Seine-Maritime), electricians and dockers joined the strikers. In Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône), the Fluxel port entry depot and the largest tank truck loading depot in France are at a standstill. The government has planned requisitions at the Fos oil depot.
“France has 200 oil depots for nearly 11,000 service stations. This Monday, only 8 depots [were] blocked, which does not make us fear a real shortage”, explains Olivier Gantois, president of the French Union of energy and mobility oil industries (Ufip) at La Dépêche du Midi. However, the strike movement plans to be long-term and motorists rush to the pump for fear of shortages.
Discover in our slideshow below which departments are in a situation of total or partial shortage this Tuesday, March 21, according to Le Figaro.