There's been a 15 per cent rise in the price of petrol in France. The?
There's been a 15 per cent rise in the price of petrol in France. The big increase is part of the French Government's anti-inflation programme.
SYNOPSIS: The day before the rise came into effect, thousands of motorists queued at petrol stations to buy their fuel supplies at the old price. On Monday (1 November) high grade petrol cost 1.96 Francs a litre (GBP 1.12 a gallon), but at midnight the price went up to 2.25 Francs a litre (GBP1.30 a gallon). Motorists' efforts to buy the cheaper petrol were made even more difficult by Monday being a public holiday - All Saints Day.
The resulted in many service stations staying closed, forcing motorists to travel further to purchase supplies. The authorities had urged petrol distributors to supply service stations on motorways, but this led to an increase in motorway traffic because motorists knew petrol would be available there.
The Government has also threatened to punish people who closed their service stations merely to sell their supplies at the higher price from Tuesday onwards.