Xavier Bertrand (LR) claims a discount
Friday, Xavier Bertrand, LR president of the Hauts-de-France region had urged the government to set up a discount “for all” of 15 to 20 cents on the price of a liter of fuel, which has started to rise again since a few weeks.
An expensive proposal according to Bruno Le Maire
This proposal “costs 12 billion euros”, said Bruno Le Maire on BFM TV, believing that it would not be “consistent with budgetary commitments and the release of whatever it costs”.
“I don’t think it’s a responsible decision, especially at a time when we continue to pay part of the French electricity bill,” the minister said, referring to the tariff shield still in force. mechanism which must be completed gradually by the end of 2024 … and whose cost will be “more than 30 billion euros in 2023”, he insisted.
“The fight against global warming and the greening of our taxation and the end of whatever the cost means that I am not in favor of us giving a discount on our fuels”, concluded the minister.
A costly rebate set up in the fall of 2022
As a reminder, in the fall of 2022, the government introduced a general rebate of 30 and then 10 cents, a measure that ended on December 31.
“At a time when inflation was the hardest and most penalizing for our compatriots, we made this choice”, whose “cost was extremely high”, recalled Bruno Le Maire: 8 billion euros according to government assessments.