The battle of proposals is raging between the government and the opposition to curb the rise in fuel prices. Purchasing power will be at the center of the debate in Parliament.
The executive is currently considering extending the 18 cent/litre discount applied since April until the end of August. He is also thinking about a targeted mechanism for heavy rollers.
Debate on fuel prices
The Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire proposes to “discuss with all those who wish to do so in the National Assembly”. It wants to extend the 18 cent per liter discount, which was due to expire in August, until the end of the year.
Mr. Le Maire also asked earlier this week for an effort from the giant TotalEnergies to extend or increase its own 10 cent discount
per liter. He says he favors such direct action over a one-time tax on the record profits of the energy giant and other large companies that benefit from inflation.
It is not certain that this will be enough to satisfy the oppositions. As the vacations approach, gasoline and diesel prices at the pump remain high
very high, despite the state-funded discount. Last week, even if they had fallen slightly, they were still over 2 euros per liter.
Already at the heart of the programs of the candidates for the legislative elections, the subject returns in force in the debate, whereas the government will present Wednesday
25 billion in the next Council of Ministers meeting, the new purchasing power package.
PCF boss Fabien Roussel, a member of the Nupes alliance in the National Assembly, announced on Wednesday that he would table a bill to
“to immediately lower taxes on gasoline by 35 cents” and to “tax the profits of oil companies”.
“We are a few days away from the vacations, the liter of gasoline is flirting with 2.30 euros, 2.50 euros, it is unbearable for many of our fellow citizens, including for workers who need their car to get to work, “said on Europe 1 the MP from the North.