School buses to continue ‘running at the start of the week’ after opening back-up, reassures Aux-de-France vice-president

School buses to continue 'running at the start of the week' after opening back-up, reassures Aux-de-France vice-president

Franck Dersin, Hauts-de-France vice-president in charge of mobility, says on franceinfo requisitions at fuel depots blocked by strikes, while his region was particularly affected by supply difficulties.

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While Haute-de-France is particularly suffering from fuel supply difficulties, Franck Dersin, the region’s vice-president responsible for mobility, transport infrastructure and ports, assures on Saturday October 8 on franceinfo that “school buses will be able to run at the beginning of the week.” He explains that he is “Three days ago, the transporters said that they could no longer drive from Monday”as are truckers and farmers but “the prefect’s decision to open the state reserve somewhat unblocked the situation”welcomes Frank Dersin.

franceinfo: What are the specific consequences in the region of these supply difficulties?

Frank Dersin: There is no fuel at every second gas station. You need to drive several tens of kilometers and wait almost an hour to try to find the fuel that suits you. Three days ago, all school transport companies reported that they could no longer drive from Monday. Fishermen from the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, France’s leading fishing port, have told us that they will no longer be able to fish. Car carriers too. Farmers called us and informed us that from Monday they can no longer work in the fields. The situation was somewhat unblocked by the prefect’s decision to open the state reserve. School buses will start running from the beginning of the week. We have a view that this ability will only last three days.

Are you demanding other measures from the government?

It’s a private company that’s on strike, so it’s not the government’s fault. We still have a crisis management problem in this country. Today there is a reaction from the civil services and the prefect, but we have lost a lot of time. Negotiations are underway at Total, a company that earns billions of euros in profits. We understand that a certain number of Total employees are attracted to profit.

The government is now encouraging strikers and companies to talk. The president of the Haut-de-France region calls for requisitions on warehouses blocked by strikes. What do you think?

I agree. We are at an essential element. The entire industry must be doing poorly and will slow down. The Haute-de-France region is the most affected in France, I would like to understand why. We need to think about requisitioning at least Eau de France to return to a more or less normal situation.

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