People rush to gas stations in France as fuel subsidies are reduced

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Reports of petrol pumps running dry as the final day for reduced fuel prices ends 

The petrol stations across France were full of long queues on Tuesday, November 15, after the government decided to reduce its state subsidy imposed on petrol and diesel. On the last day for the subsidy, according to a report in the Guardian, several petrol pumps were reported to be running empty. Infact another report by the AFP states that about 20% of petrol station in the country were either out of petrol or diesel. These estimates were as high as 50% in areas such as Paris.  

The subsidy on fuel, according to the report, was implemented in April this year to help the public deal with the high costs of fuel. The report also adds that France claims to be the most generous country in the EU. At a time when energy costs are at an all-time high, post the Russian invasion of Ukraine, France has been helping its citizens deal with this crisis. Infact, the French government has also been providing subsidies on gas, electricity aide from fuel to help people deal with the present situation 

But the report adds that according to the ministers of the country, these discounts had to be gradually put to an end after it cost the state more than €7 billion.

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