Bis repetita? Refueling has never been so expensive in several years.
Last week, a liter of diesel was worth an average of 1.5354 euros, its all-time high, according to official figures. The Super SP 98 for its part reached 1.6332 euros, a level that had not been seen for nearly ten years. The question is highly sensitive for the government: prices at the pump have already exceeded those of autumn 2018, when the “yellow vests” movement was triggered.
So many elements that already give ideas: on the RMC phone of “Estelle Midi”, this Wednesday, Philippe, a listener, did not hide his intention to go down on the roundabouts and said he was ready to demonstrate on Saturday against the rise in fuel prices.
“We must outright block the country! We are fed up with being taken for idiots. I was not a ‘yellow vest’, although I support them in their efforts, I think we are become a people of sheep. We are put to sleep by our rulers, and if we want something, we have to go get it. If we wait for them to give us something, we can wait a while. I’m ready to go downstairs. the street Saturday, even if it is a little too early, but I am angry with our unions which should already have called a general strike “, loose this head of school canteen in Ain.
Anger shared by Jacline Mouraud, former figure of the “yellow vests” movement and now a candidate for the presidential election. Responding to Philippe’s call on RMC, she then launches:
“Three years later, we are in the same situation. The fuel is only increasing. (…) We are still taxed as much. The government doesn’t realize that people have run out of money. Do you think they can still put fuel in their cars? ” she said, calling on ministers to “no longer live in theory and come and see what is happening” … without making any concrete proposals.
Six months before the presidential election, and while France is like the rest of Europe and the world facing an increase in energy prices, against a backdrop of global economic recovery, the executive has already announced specific measures for the gas and electricity. But none on fuels … yet.
Guest of RMC on Wednesday, the government spokesman said he was ready for “protective” measures. But its room for maneuver, apart from the fiscal weapon, is reduced to manage this socially and politically explosive subject.
The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, on Tuesday asked distributors “to make a gesture in this difficult period by reducing their margins”. Except that they, like Michel-Edouard Leclerc on RMC, sweep this argument aside, blowing that it is up to the government to show the way forward and to take the first step.
Taxation represents more than half the price of fuel. First with the internal consumption tax on energy products (TICPE), which represents the fourth tax revenue of the State behind VAT, income and corporate taxes (33.2 billion euros in revenue in 2019). Then, VAT applies to both fuel and TICPE.
Marine Le Pen, candidate of the RN at the Elysee, proposed to lower the VAT on gasoline, gas and electricity to 5.5% instead of 20%, to bring to French households a “shock of purchasing power “. In the ranks of left-wing candidates, Jean-Luc Mélenchon (LFI) advocates a blocking of energy prices, Anne Hidalgo (PS) a reduction in the fuel tax and Arnaud Montebourg (ex-PS) a reduction of 5.5% VAT on energy.