With diesel prices rising by 23% in one year, motorists are grumbling and mobilising on the web. On social networks, we call for a national block.
Motorists are fed up with rising fuel levels on the web. Diesel is poised to catch up with gas prices, which is already the case in some service stations, and taxes are expected to increase further by 2019.
Call for a national block
On Facebook and Twitter, the announcement of a national blockade on 17 November has spread like wildfire, especially in Toulouse and Paris . In the capital, 28,000 Facebook subscribers have registered, while more than 180,000 say they are interested in the event, Wednesday 24th October.
Calls for blocking are increasing in Reims, Rouen, Vannes and Lorient.
— hellow (@Helena15796516) 24 October 2018
The Facebook event localised as Saint-Brieuc give appointment to the demonstrators Saturday 17th November at 2pm to Tremuson Airport. On the program a snail operation on the RN12 and a filter dam. Some 840 users have registered, while 2,900 are interested.
Same fight on the side of Nantes, with a rendezvous given at the stadium of La Beaujoire in anticipation of blocking major roads .
The government wanted to send a “price signal”
This national phenomenon is due to the intervention, Tuesday, October 23, 2018, the Prime Minister in the hemicycle. Questioned by a Member of Parliament, Edouard Philippe spoke of a “price signal” that goes hand in hand with the ecological transition.
“We want to make sure that the constant use of fuel oil is … less simple.”
He added that the price increase is due to 70-75% of the increase in the tariff of the raw material, and that 20 to 25% was due to “decisions made by the government”. Even speaking of “courageous measures” and “accompanying measures”.
Diesel up 23% in one year
At the pump, the liter of diesel is 1.48 euro, a jump of 23% in one year. Moreover, for the price at the pump near you, consult the government website.
On social networks, tweetos ask the executive about other measures to promote the ecological transition:
@EmmanuelMacron pourquoi ne pas encourager les entreprises à développer le télé-travail pour favoriser la transition écologique plutôt que d’augmenter les taxes sur le carburant ? 🤔 #environnement #carburant
— Dorian Richard (@dorich12) 24 October 2018
But they are also annoyed, denouncing a “Parisian vision”, far from the realities of the campaign.
#Carburant En effet vision parisienne !!! Notre gouvernement devrait venir vivre à la campagne sans voiture avec chauffeur, sans hélico et voir si c’est possible de se passer de voiture!!! Le télétravail c’est bien mais il faut faire ses courses, aller chez le médecin…. https://t.co/GixYWRslSU
— brunet nadia (@brunetnadia1) 24 October 2018
Several thousand signatures online
On the web, petitions flourish and signatures scroll, as on the website Citizaction. Web user Jean-Marc has already collected more than 25,000 signatures.
On My opinions , Sophie addresses directly to the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron and speaks of “strangulation” of the motorist. His petition has more than 64,000 signatories. On the same site, another entitled For a price of fuel capped at 1 € , meets a great success with more than 93,000 signatures.
At the end of September, in protest against rising fuel prices, the 40 million motorists’ association invited users to send a letter to President Macron, along with the receipt.