November 24, 2020

The French Government postpones the increase of fuel taxes for six months

The French Government postpones the increase of fuel taxes for six months


"No tax deserves to jeopardize the unity of the nation," French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Tuesday in a televised speech.

In particular, the French government has approved the freezing of electricity and gas tariffs "during the winter", at the same time that it has decided to apply a six-month moratorium on the increase of taxes on fuel, which were foreseen to be applied to from January 1, and the suspension, also for six months, of the new terms and conditions of inspection of motor vehicles.

Between December 15 and March 1, France will launch a period of dialogue on the proposals made by the Government. "The solutions must be different in the cities and the countryside," said the French prime minister.

Likewise, Philippe has also announced that he wants to open a "broad debate" on taxes and public spending.

The decision to postpone the measure was taken during a meeting convened by Macron in the Elysee in which the prime minister and a dozen ministers were present, among them those of Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, and that of Economy, Bruno Le Maire .

Previously, Philippe had met with party leaders with parliamentary representation to address the crisis. All of them, with the exception of the environmental groups, were in favor of a moratorium, according to 'Le Monde'.

The crisis of the 'yellow vests' has had a strong impact on the popularity of French President Emmanuel Macron, and that of Philipe, according to the Ifop-Fiducial poll published on Tuesday by 'Paris Match' and Sud Radio. Thus, the president falls to 23 percent, six points less than a month ago, and the prime minister gives ten points, up to 26 percent.

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