The cheapest gasoline in France: “We have never seen that!”

The cheapest gasoline in France: “We have never seen that!”


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LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg service stations near the French border are facing a drop in footfall. But not all customers have deserted.

Service stations close to the border are facing new competition: French pumps!

Service stations close to the border are facing new competition: French pumps!

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The price of fuel cheaper in France than in Luxembourg. A reality that was still unthinkable several years ago, when the Grand Duchy stood out for its “tourism at the pump”. The energy crisis and the explosion in crude prices have been there, the rebate on the other side of the border too. “In 50 years, we have never seen that”, slips Anne Bernard, manager of the Esso station in Differdange.

If she recognizes “a drop in the overall attendance of cross-border workers but also of residents who are more careful”, the boss of this family business does not dramatize the situation. The impact of this new situation in terms of prices is thus mitigated by the structure of the sector. Considering the historical competition from Luxembourg, most of the stations close to the border have disappeared on the French side, and customers who work around Differdange prefer to keep their habits rather than travel tens of kilometers to earn a few euros.

“The fact that we are a city center station with a shop also helps us. Customers also come to shop,” she continues.

“Fewer customers on weekends”

Same overall observation in Frisange where Robert Cordella, head of a Gulf station, “does not notice any big differences during the week”. People “look at the practical side” and quickly get tired of the dysfunctions in France. For several weeks, many service stations have been facing fuel shortages and/or long queues. “On the other hand, the drop is notable at the weekend with less than 30% of turnover”.

For others, the reduction is much more spectacular. “Almost 70%”, slips the employee of an Aral station, also located near the French border. “We are seeing the drop in the literage compared to the summer months, and even compared to last year. If people have the opportunity to fill up in France, they do it,” he says.

However, the professional confirms the trends observed in the other resorts: “Daytime customers remain loyal and some cross-border workers say to themselves that this situation will not last”. Despite the upheavals, some habits die hard!

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