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Fuel shortage in France
« on: May 12, 2024, 06:03:52 pm »
We are currently in Deauville and, having just arrived thought that we would refuel tomorrow ready for the journey home on Thursday. Unfortunately this might be difficult as apparently both local filling stations are out of petrol and also diesel.

I was told that the problem is widespread and due to refinery strikes, although I cannot confirm this.

Apparently, in the outskirts of Paris, some 60% of filling stations are dry.

Obviously, if you are coming over research things properly yourself, however hopefully a little advanced notice might be helpful.

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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2024, 08:07:51 pm »
Thanks for the "heads up". With the Old Gits trip less than 3 weeks away this is a bit of a worry. I hope they get things sorted PDQ.
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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2024, 09:32:06 pm »
https://www.prix-carburants.gouv.fr/
Handy French government petrol prices website, that’s also good at finding where they are.

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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2024, 01:42:40 am »
https://www.prix-carburants.gouv.fr/
Handy French government petrol prices website, that’s also good at finding where they are.

Weirdly, the government site seems to omit Supermarket filling stations altogether for areas I know well, whilst Google maps shows them with current fuel prices.

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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2024, 06:17:25 am »
I'm going to ask at the Tourist Information office this morning, and walk to the closest forecourt as well to try to find out more.
I did learn last night that weekends are particularly difficult, as a large number of Parisians drive out and find fuel for the week ahead.
If it's helpful, I'll keep logging findings here?

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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2024, 07:33:13 am »
Most helpful thanks :).

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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2024, 10:57:11 am »
Update: I went walking this morning and found a nearby Total forecourt that was expecting a delivery between 10:00 and 11:00.
I went back to the hotel for breakfast and asked reception to telephone at 10:30 to check, so as not to waste fuel if the delivery didn't arrive.
It arrived as expected and I went out immediately and refuelled. By that time, a queue had formed behind me and at the other pumps. I think that perhaps social media might have been used to spread the word?
I will visit the Tourist Information office later to try and obtain a more complete picture of the situation and advise findings.

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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2024, 12:24:21 pm »
Mike and I had a similar situation in 2022, there were long queues but if you start looking early and out of towns you might be OK.
We managed to complete our journey without running out of fuel.

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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2024, 02:48:54 pm »
I've now been to the Tourist Information office.
I was told that the weekend just gone was a Bank Holiday in France and therefore does not represent the normal situation. All filling stations locally now have petrol and diesel available.
In summary, it seems that as far as I can determine there are not particularly shortages of fuel,  although weekends might sometimes be difficult, but weekdays are unlikely to be a problem. Paris and it's suburban areas seem to be a different matter, however.
I'm ultra cautious, but would be happy enough to tour by bike if I could avoid travelling on Bank Holidays, minimise mileage at weekends and remain well clear of Paris (something I would want to do anyway).
I hope all of this helps.

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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2024, 04:23:33 pm »
Thanks for the update. You'll probably hear the collective Old Gits sigh of relief!
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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2024, 09:12:47 pm »
Thanks for being so diligent Colin and for posting it up here. Much appreciated.

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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2024, 03:57:21 pm »
A final update on this matter.

I've been travelling around the local area today (wife wanted a new hair style, shopping at a nearby Hypermarket etc) and having passed a number of filling stations, all seems well with no queues and all fuel types advertised on their signs as available.

I hope that the Old Gits have a really good journey.

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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2024, 04:12:25 pm »
Can I have her old hair style please? I'm bored of whatever this is!
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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2024, 05:00:59 pm »
A final update on this matter.

I've been travelling around the local area today (wife wanted a new hair style, shopping at a nearby Hypermarket etc) and having passed a number of filling stations, all seems well with no queues and all fuel types advertised on their signs as available.

I hope that the Old Gits have a really good journey.

Thanks for the final update. That's great news.  :thumbsupgood:

I hope your wife found the new hairstyle she wanted, especially with Matt claiming the old one!
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Re: Fuel shortage in France
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2024, 05:43:52 pm »
For the money that she paid, I thought that they would offer to include mine for free!

However, I was given a very comfortable chair to sit in whilst waiting and coffee in a proper cup was served, so most boxes were ticked.

Tomorrow we have to visit Honfleur for souvenir shopping, I have been informed.