In France, yesterday, we loved the diesel and the virtues of his economic. To such an extent that 68 % of motorists still rolling diesel in 2018, by necessity more often than by conviction. But while the price of diesel at the pump comes to exceed 20 % of the service stations, the one of a litre of gasoline, and that the manifestations of yellow Vests marked November 17, the merits of this power is questioned, provoking the incomprehension of the users.

Often referred to, the cleavage between town and country is a reality and an important component of the grumbles of the yellow Vests. In fact, in the rural departments, the daily routes are much longer than in urban areas, where there are quite often solutions a credible alternative. Yet, ignoring this capital, the government will require many households to a rapid conversion car that they had not included in their budget.

This revision away of the departments and the fine reasoning of environmentalists, promises to be heart-wrenching for many homes that are not part of the most favored. The government has well understood that in putting in place measures to aid in the conversion, except that the households had absolutely no plans to change a car that is convenient to them again for several years. And this is France so-called “deep” which is struck in the first place.

Not taxed

The departments where motorists drive more diesel vehicles are in fact also those where the most households are not taxed, according to the study published Saturday by The Argus. Our colleague concludes that the diesel has become a ” symbol of poverty “. In full mobilization of the yellow Vests, the newspaper compared, for each department, the percentage of vehicles running on diesel in the passenger vehicle fleet, with the rate of household non-taxable.

the combination of The two maps of France, between the rate of diesélisation and non-taxation, establishes a finding of flagrant

© The Argus

It shows two maps of France, very similar : the departments where live most of the households that had not imposed are also, generally, those where there are more diesel vehicles. It is of departments urbanized, but marked by de-industrialisation (Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Moselle) or rural areas and outlying.

In the same way, the rural territories are not all in the same boat : the rich Côte-d’or, caves champenoises of the Marne or the fertile plains of beauce the Loiret display on both a low share of household non-taxable and at a rate of dieselisation lower than the national average. On the other hand, the territories which are most distant and the most vulnerable are marked by a park diésélisé to more than 72 % : Massif central, Limousin, Bretagne, pays de Loire and Poitou, or the Somme, the Aisne, Calvados, Haute-Saone, Haute-Marne, etc

there is diesel and diesel

In contrast, dynamic urban areas (Île-de-France, Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux, Toulouse, etc) exhibit the appearance is radically different. This is also the case of rural areas to more prosperous (Côte-d’or, Loiret, etc.).

“everyone is Free to ride as a coupe, convertible or a 4×4 diesel, prefer the driveability of the diesel, choose to equip his company into a diesel for tax reasons, or simply to buy a second-hand vehicle, diesel, because the supply of gasoline is non-existent,” notes The Argus.

there are in fact diesel top of the line and latest in filtration of emissions, but they are still poorly represented in percentage of the rolling stock. But the share of diesel in absolute value is étiolant from month to month even as several manufacturers have already announced their abandonment will create a split in the various French territories.


in Order to better highlight the correlation, The Argus has shown these data on a graph, where each department is represented by a dot, positioned according to the share of household tax imposed and the percentage of diesel vehicles in the park. The link between economic fragility and equipment in diesel is that the more blatant.

The French are not all equal in their movements

© The Argus

” By reasoning at the level of the departmental unit, there is evidence that the most vulnerable will be most impacted by the anti-diesel “, the judge Thibaut Frank, columnist for The Argus, and not only on the financial plan : with the prohibition pure and simple of the diesel planned for 2024, Paris, and 2030 for the Île-de-France, it is a rural population that could then undergo a true residency, which would only accentuate the territorial divide “.

This publication is the day of the yellow Vests gathered Saturday across the country against the rise in fuel prices. The ministry of the Interior declared in the end of the morning more than 2,000 rallies and 120 000 protesters in France.