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France to help drivers stave off cost of soaring fuel prices

By RFI
France  AP  JPP
JAN 26, 2022 LISTEN
AP JPP

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that compensation for work-related transportation will be "raised by 10%" so drivers can better cope with the rise in fuel prices.

Over the past years, fuel prices have seen a steep rise. Combined with plans to increase fuel tax, they were one of the principal causes that triggered the Yellow Vest movement, where protesters gathered on a weekly basis in increasingly violent demonstrations.

President Emmanuel Macron already pulled out the government cheque book to try and help poorer citizens cope with rising inflation, singling out some 38 million people who received a €100 payout.

Eligible public officials will receive their compensation when they are paid at the end of January.

One month later, 12 million pensioners will also benefit from the premium.

Some six million houseolds already received an €100 energy cheque in December, while the govenrment put a cap increasing gas prices and a put a limit of 4 percent on the increase of electricy bills.

However, French economy minister Bruno Le Maire ruled out a 5.5 percent VAT reduction on fuel.

"This is not a solution," he argued, because such a measure would not just benefit "those who need it most" and would "cost billions".

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