This Monday, February 12, 2024, a line of cars was already overflowing at 8:30 a.m. on the road to Quimper, in Daoulas, a few meters from the Total Énergies station: the direct effect of the closure of the Super U station in the town, dry from Friday February 9.
At the other end of the metropolis, in front of the Carrefour de Plouzané, where access to the service station is blocked, a handful of vehicles seem to be circling in vain in search of an oasis. A man rolls down his window, shares the tip of the day: “Leclerc Drive, opposite Thalès”. In the small station on Avenue de la 1ère DFL, only two of the four pumps are working. But without limitation, to the great happiness of this fifty-year-old. “I was starting to run dry, and I broke my nose at Carrefour.” He would not have found what he was looking for in Guilers, where the Leclerc station displays “Out of stock – all fuels”, like that of Relecq-Kerhuon.
The Relecquoise Françoise therefore pushed to Guipavas and her Super U to fill the tank of her Clio. “I only do the city, but it goes quickly! “. Here, we have organized ourselves to manage the influx of vehicles, with two agents posted to guide motorists. “We had to close on Saturday afternoon because we were completely overwhelmed by people, with a traffic jam all the way to the roundabout leading to the store,” says Marine, a store employee.
“Saturday, overwhelmed by the crowd”
In Brest, the situation is very contrasting between the brands. Rue Paul-Masson, near Kerichen high school, the Super U station has been closed since Thursday evening. So, users retreat to Boulevard de l’Europe and the Total brand. Bad surprise for certain vehicles: here, the SP 98 and 95 pumps are broken.
Same thing for the 95 to the south of the city, at the Intermarché station on rue de Quimper. Valérie nevertheless finds something to fill her tank and does not hide her relief: “I have to go to work at Relecq-Kerhuon this afternoon, and taking public transport is not possible because it takes too long.”
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No shortage, however, at the Géant de la route de Gouesnou. Nor restrictions: happiness for the little dozen vehicles waiting in front of the eight pumps, around 10:30 a.m. Here, we see a continuous flow of vehicles, with regulars of the place, without any real “panic” effect (for the instant). “Oh well, there’s a blockage at the depot,” even a motorist is surprised.
However, a driver confides that she followed the advice of her “application to know where to find gasoline”. Chloé simply tried her luck: “I came to town because I thought it would be easier than on the outskirts. And as I have to go to Penmarch…”. Hervé had burned his last liters to find the right address: “I made three stops before finding it. I was almost dry! “.
Same feeling of urgency for this Brestoise stopped at TotalEnergies, route du Vieux-Saint-Marc. “I hadn’t found anything in town, and I was in the red…”. “Do you know how long this blockage will last? », asks a motorist, his nose on his gauge. No. The TPs are hoping for a positive response from the Ministry of the Economy to their demands this Monday afternoon. If so, they should clear access to the oil depot for first thing Tuesday morning. But nothing, this Monday morning, guaranteed this favorable outcome. At the Géant de Brest, we assure that we have taken the lead: a delivery of fuel from Vern-sur-Seiche (35) is announced this Monday afternoon.