Panic Buying, Service Stations in France run Dry

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  1. scotjimland

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    Garages run dry as drivers panic
    May 19, 2016

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    SERVICE stations in parts of Normandy and the neighbouring Loire-Atlantique department have run dry as blockades of refineries and oil terminals prompt panic-buying.

    But reports of a fuel crisis are nothing more than a social media scare, transport secretary Alain Vidal has insisted.

    Concerned motorists in Le Havre, Rouen, Caen and Dieppe brimmed their tanks following internet reports of an impending fuel crisis caused by anti-employment reform demonstrators blockading refineries and preventing fuel lorries from loading or leaving.

    Long queues formed at service stations as drivers tried to ensure they would not run out of fuel in the days ahead. According to reports, 75% of fuel stations in Le Havre are currently closed.

    But Mr Vidal told France 3 there was ‘no risk of shortage’. He said: “I want to stop this talk I see on some social networks.”

    Petrol giant Esso said its refineries were operating normally. A spokesman told Le Figaro: "Service stations are facing a sharp increase in demand, resulting from the panic caused by the protest movement. There is no reason to talk about a shortage. All our stations are supplied."

    Protesters also surrounded the Donges refinery in Loire-Atlantique, leading to shortages at stations in Guérande and Saint-Brevin. According to officials organising the demonstrations,, the blockade will remain in place until 1pm on Friday.

    Meanwhile, the refinery at La Mede, Bouches-du-Rhône, has been blockaded since Tuesday.

    Also read: Strike information May 19

    - See more at: http://www.connexionfrance.com/Fran...-18072-view-article.html#sthash.7mdjYXbQ.dpuf
     
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    As reported on Chat.
    Contrary to general legislation the french Government have authorised deliveries over this weekend.
    They were queueing at Concarneau, Brittany this morning.
     
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  3. scotjimland

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    yes.. but only today..

    this thread was posted on Thursday.. and it had no comments.. until today
     
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    We are presently heading towards Bordeaux not sure if passing this evening or tomorrow morn..no signs of any problems so far though we are at Chartres at the moment heading towards Tours

    Kath
     
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    We are in Normandy, all the supermarkets we have passed this morning have their fuel closed off. Just called into Carrefour in Pontorson south of Mt St Michel, closed their fuel this morning. Lady on checkout said queues most of night. We passed an aire packed with lorries, currently on a very empty site.
     
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    We just had fuel at the Intermarche Chateaudun which seems busier but really not much problem .we only queued for a few mins and that was for the higher roof spot aisle 3m20..we topped up with 37 litres as that was all we needed ok
     
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    We have just travelled all the way from Calais to Narbonne last night and today and fuelled up 3 times and not seen any queues or any fuel station closed or with any shortages at all
     
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    french are a bit like the yanks like a nice panick everynow and then
    bill
     
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    We are in the Limousin and but for reading on MHF we would have no idea that there was a fuel shortage or even a strike. Lots of press hype as usual is my guess
     
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    Not hype where we are near Guerande....no Diesel on Friday at the three fuel stations we passed whilst shopping, one of them closed altogether( Leclerc).

    According to the BBC news the riot police lifted the blockades at 3 refineries on Wednesday......the blockade at the one near us at Donges was reinstated on Thursday.

    General strikes are planned for 26th May and 14th June but the French Transport Minister says there is no fuel shortage so that's alright then:)

    http://www.connexionfrance.com/New-dates-strikes-protests-18074-view-article.html

    I have a crossing from Roscoff booked for the 14th July and have enough fuel at the moment to get there but may need to curtail our plans to use the Globecar to do a bit of touring unless things change.
     
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    Have the motorway services still got fuel , all the ones we saw on Thursday had, ok it's dearer, but at 125 it's still only same as a pound here, so still cheaper than here if they have it.
     
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    Aren't we the same?
     
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    Saturday , no fuel in Dieppe .
     
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    Well taking no chances driving through Poitiers just now saw the Auchen fuel stn on the Anguleme turning junction ...no queuing, topped up again easy should get pass Bordeaux now easily ..ok fingers crossed behind my back lolol

    But we have seen fuel stns along the route with longer queues than normal but do-able

    Sunday
    We will be passing Bayonne shortly ..have not had or seen any probs so far other than this horrid rain today
     
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    Eurotunnel have closed their arrival fuel station to all except emergency vehicles, others have said Carrefore and Auchan in Calais still ok.
     
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    @chaser

    A29 Bolleville has, limited amount, long queues. We drove straight out again, think we've got enough.
     
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    Picked up some fuel on the way from St Malo towards Cherbourg this a.m. but was only allowed 25ltrs. had hoped to bring a tank full home :crying1:. Also been unable to fill with GPL but hope to get some tomorrow in Cherbourg.
     
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    Filled with just over 70 ltrs at Carrefour in Narbonne this morning. No queues, no problems and only two other vehicles filling at the same time.
    Panic? What panic?

    Richard.
     
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    Sun, like sat, no fuel in Dieppe. Have crossed to UK as no fuel to travel .
     
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