Has the price of fuel at the pump really skyrocketed since May 11, 2020, the date of the first deconfinement?


But not as much as this viral social media post, widely shared on Facebook, Twitter and various LinkedIn accounts, would have you believe.

Deceptive, this assembly claims to compare the prices of gasoline and diesel between May 11, 2020 and August 11, 2021. But it exaggerates the drop in fuel prices observed at the start of 2020, with extremely low prices per liter. low, which is around 1.10 €.

A price never seen since 2016.

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As a direct consequence of the confinements imposed in Europe and in the world and of the drop in demand that followed, the price of fuel has indeed fallen during the year 2020, but never in the proportions indicated by this false publication.

The website of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, thanks to its weekly bulletins, makes it possible to compare fuel prices over a given period.

The date indicated on the montage published on Facebook being May 17, 2020, we noted the prices recorded by the ministry on the earliest date, May 15, 2020.

The price of diesel (indicated at € 1.108 per liter on the publication) was then € 1.157, that of unleaded 95-E10 (indicated at € 1.117), € 1.222 and, finally, the average price of without- lead 98, € 1,300.

Far from the 1.168 € mentioned on the viral photo.

In fact, almost 10 cents increase

As of August 13, 2021, the readings from the Ministry of Ecological Transition are closer to those mentioned in the viral photo: € 1.433 for diesel compared to € 1.449 on the assembly, € 1.562 for unleaded 95-E10 (compared to € 1.609) and € 1.648 for unleaded 98 (compared to € 1.689).

Fuel prices per liter have therefore increased by several tens of centimes in just over a year, but this increase should be put into perspective.

In December 2019, before the Covid-19 epidemic, therefore, the price of unleaded 95-E10 was around € 1.50 per liter, against € 1.56 at the end of August 2021.


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