No sooner said than done. It didn't take six hours for one of France's leading motorway concessionaires, Vinci Autoroutes, to respond to Transport Minister Clément Beaune's call. The latter demanded that concession companies on RTL Wednesday morning "make a commercial gesture" to their customers this summer. At midday, Vinci Autoroutes announced a 20% reduction in its fares under certain conditions.
Is this how motorway pricing is decided: at the request of the "conceding State", as the saying goes, the concessionary companies execute? We know the subject is particularly sensitive. The scandals over the "superprofits" of motorway companies and the calls to "renationalise" these high-speed lanes conceded in 2006 to private actors are well underway in the public debate, on both the left and the right.
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