Presidential: at the gas station in Trecigno no one is saving money from the crisis – Presidential: 20 days with the Bretons



This is a small traditional petrol station that you will never see again and is well known to the people of Goëlo: at the level of departmental road 6, at the Treciño exit, Goëlo Services is one of the few independent fuel retailers. active in Côte d’Armor.

On March 28, the red and white sign of the station read: 95 unleaded petrol at a price of 2.27 euros, unleaded 98 petrol at a price of 2.31 euros and diesel fuel at 2.35 euros…fuel at this price is shameful,” bluntly he says. Our clients are local artisans, people we know well. It pains me to tell myself that they can’t benefit from better prices… But I have no choice.”

With the presidential election approaching, many customers of the Goëlo-Services station in Trecigno no longer believe in politics that are too out of touch with reality, especially in rural areas. (Telegram/Laura Ayad)

Live your life with a calculator

One eye on the computer, the other on the ledger, the Costa Rican gets every complaint about gas prices the same, hand out, calculator in the air: “2.08 euros: this is what I earn per hour since I reduced my margin to limit growth… That’s four times the minimum wage! »

Holidays? Several years have passed since I left. It’s the same with going to a bar with friends… I don’t expect anything from the current government. Just let him go.

Faced with the explosion in prices, the usual waltz of cars in the parking lot slowed down. Only a few clients, mostly professionals, continue to come, such as Clément, head of the construction industry: “We support each other between local businesses. But clearly it’s hard: I have a house loan to pay off, my kids are at home, my employees are there to pay… At the moment, I really feel like a cash cow, that the goal is to “work harder, earn less.” On April 10, the latter will go to the polls to remove the president from the helm: “We stick the label on Macron as the president of the authorities, but this is squalor! We have come to a crossroads, where everything that our elders have won, we risk losing. on the right… For me it would be Zemmour or Le Pen.”

Yves Joinjean, owner of the Goëlo Services gas station with his wife Annie, suffered huge losses after the fuel price spike: " If we didn't have transport activities ex
Yves Jouanjean, owner of the Goëlo Services station with his wife Annie, is blamed for the huge losses due to the sharp rise in fuel prices: “If we didn’t have express transport in addition, it’s simple: we would lower the curtain. (Telegram/Laura Ayad)

Purchasing power, ability to live

Like him, Vincent, a farm worker, does not hide his political preferences: “My vote will go to a woman, a far-right candidate,” the 22-year-old man points out, without naming Marin. Pen. He feels himself a part of these invisibles, those whom the last five years left on the sidelines and for whom the rest of his life, the one who is dedicated to friends, walks, family, is reduced to a trickle. : “Holidays? It’s been a long time since I left. The same with going to a bar with friends … I don’t expect anything from the current government. Just let him go.”

To make ends meet and pay the bills, Bernard, a pensioner, decided to resume his activities as a vehicle assembly line. He usually fills up at Goëlo Services, where his employer has an account. In front of the numbers on the scrolling counter, he draws an observation: “The people who run us don’t care about pensioners. If they had done that, they would have raised pensions and stopped raising the CSG… But no! Instead, inflation shot up and my retirement didn’t follow. In the first round of the presidential election, he will vote for the candidate he considers most capable of changing the system, “neither the far right nor Mélenchon.”

With the presidential elections approaching, many clients of the Goëlo Services station in Trecigno no longer believe in politics, being too out of touch with reality, especially in the world.
With the presidential election approaching, many customers of the Goëlo-Services station in Trecigno no longer believe in politics that are too out of touch with reality, especially in rural areas. (Telegram/Laura Ayad)

Looking forward to better days…or not

In the small store where he collects his customers, Yves Jouanjean also does not like extremes. But if he always voted both out of civic duty and out of conviction, then the next elections are, in any case, marked by disappointment for him: “As a leftist, I have completely disappeared! I have to say that I don’t really like my political family at the moment… In fact, I got the impression that no matter what we do, we are moving at a fast pace towards a financially suffering society.”

Yesterday covid, now war and inflation… I really want to go to another planet!

A sentiment shared by Kristin, the station’s sole employee: “It’s been a long time since Smeek no longer lets you live. Today you have to constantly look for the right plan, deprive yourself of something in order to stay afloat … Honestly, 20 years ago we lived better! “For a client, an accountant in a firm in the region, the coming weeks do not bode well: “Individuals with loans on hand will suffer damage … Today there are not a thousand options: either you can increase your credit or you are dead.” And in conclusion: “Yesterday covid, now war and inflation… I so want to live on another planet! »

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