Since this weekend, it is possible to buy fuel at cost price in several chains of supermarkets. An initiative following government incentives. "The Prime Minister will bring together all the players in the sector this week and we will ask them to do at cost. That is to say, that no one makes margins and in particular that we have a system of transparency as we have on food. We do not have enough on fuel, "said Emmanuel Macron on France 2 and TF1, Sunday, September 24.
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Brands such as Carrefour, E.Leclerc, Super U, Intermarché and Casino have chosen not to make a margin. "From September 29, the 750 service stations of Leclerc hypermarkets will sell gasoline daily at cost price," said Michel-Edouard Leclerc in a message on X (ex-Twitter).
For consumers, this represents a price reduction of a few cents per liter purchased. "It's cheaper than usual by 4 or 5 cents, we don't really see the result," says Hakim, who came to fill up at the E. Leclerc Kremlin-Bicêtre gas station. While inflation continues to climb (+ 4.9% over one year in September), this measure aims to relieve the wallets of the French. But for Hugo, an art student, "it's not enough, what is needed is lower taxes". More than 60% of the price of a litre of gasoline is made up of taxes.