Petrol and diesel prices rising again in France after sustained fall

October is – so far – the last month in which customers can benefit from both government and TotalEnergies discounts at 30 and 20 cents per litre

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Fuel costs are rising again in France after 2.5 months of consecutive decreases
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Petrol and diesel prices are on the rise again in France after two months of consecutive decreases, with both costing on average €1.60 per litre, new figures show.

The figures were released on October 3 by the Ecology Ministry.

The increase equates to 2.6-3.6 cents more per litre over the past week.

On average, the amount for a litre of fuel is:

  • Diesel: €1.6956

  • SP95: €1.5737

  • SP95-E10: €1.5185

  • SP98: €1.6154

The price rise comes after two months of consecutive decreases.

However, discounts on fuel are still in place across France, including the 30-cent-per-litre rebate from the government, and the 20-cent-per-litre offer in TotalEnergies service stations.

This is the last month that these offers will remain at this level; both will drop to 10 cents per litre from November, and stop at the end of December.

TotalEnergies’ 20-cent-per-litre discount has led to a surge in demand at its petrol stations, causing stock shortages in some places.

Read more: French fuel discounts: long queues form at Total petrol stations

Other suppliers also observed a drop in their customer numbers, with Esso stations in Corsica suspending distribution because of a lack of demand.

Their managers criticised the company’s decision not to follow TotalEnergies’ discounted price.

Strikes at TotalEnergies and Esso refineries have also led to a rush on petrol stations, with customers filling up as a preemptive action amid fears of shortages. TotalEnergies has said that there is no shortage of fuel, but customer numbers have nonetheless risen by 30% in some places.

Read more: Fears of fuel shortages are growing in France due to refinery strikes

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