The oil group TotalEnergies announced on Wednesday to increase its discount on a liter of fuel from 10 to 12 cents for motorists filling up in its service stations on freeways this summer, confirming a report in the daily Le Parisien.
TotalEnergies wanted to extend the first discount, valid from February 14 to May 15. This was 10 cents per liter. However, Burno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy, deemed the proposal insufficient.
“I hope that TotalEnergies will continue this effort and, why not, increase it,” he said in an interview on RMC/BFMTV. According to the minister, “the entire effort cannot rest solely on the State”, at a time when the executive is finalizing its bill on purchasing power and a rectifying budget that provides for several measures – including the extension in August of the 18 cent fuel discount introduced on April 1.
This reduction of the group should affect about 120 service stations, according to the newspaper. A reduced number compared to the 1,150 rural stations benefiting between February and May, which had even been increased to 2,700 stations throughout the territory.
In addition to the government discount, TotalEnergies estimates that it will save 30 cents per liter for motorists filling up at its highway network stations – a saving of 15 euros for a 50-liter tank.
The energy giant stresses that its new proposal represents a 20% increase over the initial discount, and also says it plans to extend it beyond the summer, in consultation with the government. It should affect about 17 million motorists driving during the summer vacations, he says.