The time is not yet for the official announcement, but the subject is under discussion.
In an interview published in Les Échos this Wednesday, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, said that the government is "ready to reach out to responsible opposition" on the issue of fuel prices.
Among the measures examined to try to reduce the bill for users, the executive could "consider an extension of the discount of 18 cents until the end of the year, if economic conditions so require", reveals the tenant of Bercy.
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A choice which, if confirmed by the government, would come in place of “extremely expensive tax measures”, specifies Bruno Le Maire, thus responding to the proposals of the RN or the LRs who defended a massive reduction in fuel taxes.
“We want to continue to protect the French while keeping our accounts”, comments for his part Gabriel Attal, Minister in charge of Public Accounts.
Taxes on excess profits swept away
And for those who want to seek new revenue via an exceptional tax on the excess profits of certain companies, such as Total or the carrier CMA CGM, this is "not necessarily the best solution", sweeps Bruno Le Maire, because "we prefer that the money goes directly into the pockets of the French rather than into the coffers of the State”, he justifies.
“We are going to ask companies to contribute to rebates at the pump”, assures Clément Beaune on France 2. “The goal is that it drops quickly, strongly, for the consumer” and not that the State “ take a tax” to return it to the French, he pleads, on the same line as the Minister of the Economy.
The discount of 18 cents per liter of fuel was put in place at the beginning of April, in the face of rising prices, in particular linked to uncertainties about the war in Ukraine.