In one week, the bill per liter of diesel increased by ten cents and that of petrol by thirteen cents, according to official data.
Expected, the dynamics are no less impressive. Introduced several months ago, the liter discounts granted by the state on the one hand and by TotalEnergies on the other were significantly reduced last week. The first has gone from 30 to 10 cents, the second from 20 to 10 cents. Just enough to drive up prices at the pump, significantly increasing motorists’ fuel bills.
According to data from the Ministry of Energy Transition published today, last Friday a liter of diesel cost an average of 1.9059 euros, an increase of 10.4 cents compared to the previous week. The increase is even more spectacular for petrol: the liter of the SP95-E10 was exposed to 1.7514 euros, that of the SP95 to 1.7828 euros and that of the SP98 to 1.8407 euros. Or 13.4 cents more over seven days.
Strong disparities remain, even within the territories: in Ain, for example, a liter of diesel can fluctuate between 1.75 euros and 2.16 euros, according to the authorities. In the Yvelines, the difference for petrol can reach 40 cents. TotalEnergies stations are often cheaper, the group grants a discount of ten cents in addition to that of the state.
These various products are therefore at their highest for a month, but remain below their historical record, reached in mid-March: at the time, a liter of diesel and that of SP95-E10 cost more than 2.1 euros. The fact remains that the prices recorded at the end of last week still included the 20 cent discount granted by TotalEnergies and the government until next December 31st: the real price should therefore be even higher, far exceeding the two euro threshold per liter and skimming their record.
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For the time being, the drop in discounts of thirty cents has not translated into an equal increase in pump prices. Households benefit in particular from the drop in market prices. The value of a barrel of Brent thus fell by 5% in one week, returning below the $90 threshold for the first time since the beginning of October. A dynamic generated by a drop in demand, while China remains entangled in its fight against Covid. It is difficult to say whether the decline will ease over time, just a few weeks after the entry into force of the European embargo on imports of Russian oil and petroleum products.
Forward-thinking consumers have been trying to take advantage of the discounts right up to the last minute. Last week, the announced lowering of the discounts had caused a rush towards the stations, aggravating the supply difficulties. “Are you out of diesel? However it was marked on the government app that you had some!“, so annoyed a customer in a station of Gennevilliers, in the Hauts-de-Seine, how Le Figaro he reported it.
For its part, the government ensures that the reduction in the subsidy was inevitable, for ecological reasons – the high price of fuel encourages consumers to use their vehicles less – and financial ones – the state budget is already burdened by the measures taken against inflation. a “fuel allowance for workersshould bring fresh air to drivers within a few months:half of the familieswill benefit, promised Elisabeth Borne, adding that it would be paid regardless of price developments. “We might wonder if oil prices have collapsed, but it’s still unlikely!“, acknowledged the Prime Minister. In the meantime, consumers will have to turn away.
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