Do you know The French government has stepped in to try to stop the terrible fuel strikes that have been going on in the country?
If not, The UK Time is the best place to be.
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has told regional governors to call Esso-Exxon Mobil and tell striking workers to stop their strike so that gas stations all over the country can get gas again.
The oil company asked for a raise in pay, but the oil refinery workers’ union said no, even though two other unions for the company said yes on Monday.
If President Macron tells workers at Total Energies and Esso-ExxonMobil to return to work, the CGT trade union, leading the strikes, has said it will go to war. As the strike over wages goes into its third week, 30 per cent of gas stations are expected to close.
Even now, access is still restricted at three of Total’s refineries, including the company’s largest in Normandy and a fuel stockpile at Dunkerque in the north.
On Sunday, the government made an extraordinary exception to enable fuel tankers to transfer supplies after they had already depleted critical stores in an effort to help.
High energy costs and inflation are making it harder for French families to buy things at the same time as the gasoline crisis. The city of Lille in the north of France has been hit especially hard, as looters recently took over the city’s last gas station.
We’ve all heard the urban legends about diesel engines being powered by leftover cooking oil. It’s always been illegal in France, but you probably know someone who does it behind your back.
The French government adopted a €20 billion package in response to rising prices and the possibility of energy shortages this winter.
The Senate still needs to vote on a plan that would legalize and promote the use of used cooking oil as automobile fuel.
Using used up oil as a fuel “provides immediate relief for the French people’s wallets and limits pollution from diesel engines,” as the bill’s environmental advocates put it.