Internationally, the price of a barrel of oil (fuel) is rising. This implies galloping inflation that has invaded the world. In France, to protect the purchasing power of the French, the government offers various devices.
In addition to the revaluation of social aid, the price of fuel was subject to a discount per liter. Only the fuel itself is starting to run out. A fuel shortage is raging throughout France. It is the case many total stations.
There is a shortage of fuel
To cope with inflation, the state has offered a discount of 18 cents on the price per liter in April. In view of the ever-increasing inflation, the discount has risen to 30 cents.
🇮🇹Fuel shortage: several Total stations are out of stock. In question? the “double stroke” to the pump.
From 1 September the Gvt discount went from 18 ct to 30 ct accompanied by a 20 ct drop in the resorts. pic.twitter.com/q0mChnJYOM
– Vezy (@ Vezy93370293) September 6, 2022
Furthermore these two discounts, TotalEnergies granted another reduction, namely 20 cents per liter. That’s why the cars rushed to refuel the energy giant.
Due to the huge influx of consumers, stock resources can no longer keep up. This implies a national fuel shortage. Many motorists return to the road with annoyance after reading the poster:
“Without fuel, sorry”
50 cents discount
As mentioned above, the accumulation of discounts does a total of 50 cents. The discount is such that the price of fuel at Total is lower than at other petrol stations.
By way of illustration, this Monday, September 5, 2022, in Rennes, Total petrol stations will show a price per liter at € 1.48 SP-98. That said, other petrol stations such as Leclerc, Carrefour or Super U appear € 1.60.
Given the degree of inflation, this price shift is not negligible make ends meet in everyday life. That’s why people are rushing to fill up. A phenomenon that has caused the exhaustion of fuel stocks. And this is more serious in rural areas.
– The voice of Calais (@VDNCalais) September 3, 2022
Tensions in the peripheral areas
As you know, the discount on the price of fuel it concerns only France. Furthermore, according to La Voix du Nord, the price differences are even greater in the border areas.
For this reason, in addition to the French who want to save on the fuel budget, foreigners run to total stations. A Belgian motorist interviewed by the regional newspaper confirms:
“Here there are 15 cents of difference compared to the pumps in Belgium. It is funny. Before, it was you French who came to us to fill up. Now it’s the other way around. “
Fuel shortage in rural areas
Even in Total stations the shortage is not the same. Some stations are open while others are closed. How come ? The reason is simple, gas stations they are not delivered with the same frequency.
Supermarkets in the city center can be delivered twice a day. On the contrary, those in rural areas, in addition to being targeted by foreigners, are restocked much less frequently.
Rising fuel prices: an injustice for the inhabitants of “suburbs and rural areas”, denounces a motorist pic.twitter.com/1oRhjDubdi
—Franceinfo (@franceinfo) 22 October 2018
The evolution of the fuel discount
If you want to take advantage of the discounts offered by the government and the Total company, do not delay. Please note that this discount will only be in effect until November 1, 2022.
From this date, the reduction will be 10 cents per liter of petrol until December 31, 2022. Having said that, it cannot be ruled out that after that date there will be no further discounts. And who knows, inflation may not get worse.
Inflow of Foreigners: Good or Bad News?
Due to the discount, many Europeans source their supplies in France. This situation creates controversy. Some members of parliament say it is a loss to the state, while others say otherwise.
Loic Hervé, centrist senator of Haute-Savoieduring the vote on the 2022 budget amendment law, he stated:
“The national budget must not finance the supply of our Swiss neighbors. However, the amending budget law proposed by the government will have this effect, while the Swiss franc has never been stronger! It’s a waste of money! “
However, on the other hand, others say the fuel price discount will bring € 0.70 of tax per liter in the state.
Here is the calculation: given the current price of fuel, one liter brings 69 cents of TICPE and 31 cents of tax, or 1 euro in total. If we subtract the discount of 30 cents, the taxman recovers 70 cents per liter.