Sporty, I don’t need nor care what the internet will tell me, I often look at prices when I pass filling stations on my way west and am amazed how much prices vary in a few miles, so if I ask, how much do you pay for diesel? what would be your own ‘known market value’ reply.
Diesel prices at the moment vary between 1.55 and 1.65 in a fairly small radius, depending on which station you use, supermakets being cheaper.The price fluctuates with crude oil prices and the Euro/dollar exchange rate.
The problem has been a rise in taxes, both the so called "eco" tax and the direct taxation on diesel in particular. Diesel has always been a good bit cheaper than petrol, which is why 70% to 80% of vehicles in France are diesels. The government has said they intend to bring diesel prices up to match petrol prices to reduce emissions. They increased the tax on diesel by 7.6c a litre in 2018 and intend to raise the tax by a further 5.6c a litre from Jan 1st 2019.
As you can imagine, feelings are running at a fairly high level, but I don't think that what one person said at a road stop can be taken to show that the protest has anything to do with immigration. By and large it is still almost universally good natured and friendly at the barricades. Paris could be a different country as far as rural France is concerned. When we moved into this house, our elderly neighbour was told he would be getting English neighbours and he said "could be worse, they might have been from Paris"
John, I seem to remember similar protests and fuel blockades when the UK put petrol prices up a few pence. Maybe that was just part of your Anglo Saxon charm.
Edited by Sportsman, 03 December 2018 - 12:21 PM.