Blocking Oil Depots: Gendarmes Intervene in Vern-sur-Seiche, near Rennes

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Blocking oil depots: the gendarmes intervene in Vern-sur-Seiche, near Rennes

While many petrol stations are in short supply of fuel in the West, the situation is unblocked at the oil depot in the suburbs of Rennes Tuesday 3rd December 2019.

The gendarmes released access to the oil depot of Vern-sur-Seiche, in the suburbs of Rennes, on the night of Monday 2nd  to Tuesday 3rd December 2019, blocked since Thursday by construction contractors, to ensure supply gas stations, announced the prefecture.

“The operation was calm. The supply of tankers will be able to resume from 9:30, “said AFP Augustin Cellard, chief of staff of the prefect of Ille-et-Vilaine Michele Kirry.

Two people were placed in custody, according to Augustin Cellard.

Dry petrol stations

First access was released at around 4:15 am by 140 gendarmes and the forty construction machines blocking the main entrance were being moved Tuesday around 06:30, according to the same source. Construction contractors protest against the elimination of their tax advantage on non-road diesel (GNR).

“The operation was decided by the prefect because of the difficulties of fuel supply,” he added.

Blocking of the Vern-sur-Seiche  oil depot near Rennes
Blocking of the Vern-sur-Seiche deposit, December 1st, 2019. (© AFP / Damien MEYER)

The deposit of Vern-sur-Seiche was blocked since Thursday, like those of Brest, Lorient and Le Mans. The blockade of the La Pallice oil depot in La Rochelle, which was lifted on Friday afternoon, resumed in the night from Sunday to Monday.

The construction professionals were received Monday in Bercy by the Minister of Finance Bruno Le Maire. They will consult their base after obtaining “progress” on several of their claims, but not on a new deadline for the elimination of the tax advantage on the GNR.

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