Fuel prices: transporters, farmers, fishermen and taxis are mobilizing throughout France

Many transport and food professionals consider the financial aid announced by the government to be insufficient to cope with soaring prices.

At the call of several groups of road hauliers, blockades and snail operations are underway this Monday, all over France. These protests are taking place at the initiative of professionals in the road transport sector who consider the financial aid provided by the government to be insufficient to deal with the soaring fuel prices. Filter dams have been in place in the Manche department since 5 a.m. this morning, blocking around 200 heavy goods vehicles. The Guiberville interchange, on the A84 between Rennes and Caen, is blocked on Monday. “Only heavy goods vehicles are targeted by this barrage“, specified the prefecture of the Channel. At midday, filter dams were also in place in Saint-Lô, Carentan and Lessay, according to the prefecture of the Manche, which also evokes an action carried out on the A13 between Rouen and Caen. The action lasted an hour with 150 demonstrators. Further north, filter dams are in place in Dourges, in the Pas-de-Calais, and at the Lesquin transport and logistics center, in the Nord department.

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In Brittany, the strongest slowdowns take place in Morbihan around Lorient, with some 10 kilometers of traffic jams according to the prefecture. “We are around 200, fishermen, truck drivers, but also farmers who arrive with full slurry tankers, and we are waiting for proposals because we have had nothing“, reacted to AFP Norbert Guillou, boss of a public works company, who claims”diesel at 1.30 euros and GNR at 80 cents“. Traffic should also be disrupted during the day around Saint-Malo and near Angers on the A87, A11 and D525. The prefecture of Charente-Maritime also reports blockages on its territory, in particular on the ring road of La Rochelle and the roads in the direction of Rochefort and the island of Ré. South of Lyon, a dozen trucks blocked shipments from the TotalEnergies refinery in Feyzin, in the Rhône, at the call of the Peasant Confederation and the Rural Coordination in particular.

Taxis join the mobilization

Taxi drivers joined the movement on Monday with snail operations in Orléans and Besançon, where some ten kilometers of traffic jams were recorded. Near Marseille, hundreds of taxis blocked the logistics warehouses in the Miramas commercial area. According to Yazid Ziani, a member of the National Taxi Federation, the increase in fuel prices represents a loss of 400 to 600 euros per month for taxis.

On Friday, the government announced the payment of immediate aid of 400 million euros to the road transport sector to offset the increase in fuel prices. This envelope is in addition to the resilience plan announced by the Prime Minister on Thursday and which provides for a “fuel discount” of 15 cents per liter purchased between 1er April and July 31.

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Companies dissatisfied with the agreement reached by their unions

After Friday’s announcement, the National Federation of Road Transport (FNTR) and the Union of Transport and Logistics Companies of France welcomed the government’s measures in a statement. The Organization of Road Transport SMEs (OTRE) has announced that itwelcomes this agreementand declared having suspended its mobilization for this Monday, March 21. The agreement signed by the unions, however, displeases the bosses of VSEs and SMEs in the sector, who met on Saturday in Saint-Amand-Villages, in the Channel, to set up the day of action on Monday. “Unions hastily approved a deal that is completely out of order in our eyes“, declares to France 3 Normandie Romain Leguelinel, manager of a transport company. “A truck today costs us 2,000 euros more per month in terms of operating costs. The aid paid by the government will be 1300 euros per truck, paid only once“, he explains.

In recent days, several gatherings of carriers have already taken place in the west of France, around Nantes, Rennes, Le Mans, Brest or even Lorient. Protesters have been present since Tuesday March 15 at the Brest oil depot, threatening to block it if they do not receive new aid on diesel. In several places, farmers and fishermen have joined the actions of transporters. The ports of Lorient and Sables-d’Olonne are blocked by fishing trawlers on Monday.

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