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FUELS – Increasingly high prices and a return to November 2021 levels, if not more. Motorists probably noticed it first, but the price at the pump reached new records at the start of 2022, another blow for the wallet of the French.

Unleaded or diesel, same fight for motorists: at the last official tally of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, dated January 7, the average price of diesel was 1.59 euros / liter, 1.66 euros / liter for this which is 95-E10 unleaded and even 1.75 euro/litre for 98 unleaded.

Prices still rising since that date, if we are to believe the calculations (on half of the pumps) of the newspaper The Parisian this Friday, January 14, which estimates that diesel posted an average of 1.62 euros / liter at the start of the week. For unleaded 95-E10 and unleaded 98, the newspaper estimates that they cost 1.69 euro/litre and 1.77 euro/litre respectively after January 10.

Figures that make you dizzy when you know that the rise in the price of gasoline was one of the triggering factors of the Yellow Vests crisis in 2018. The Parisian also recalls that at the time, the price of diesel was then lower (1.53 euro / liter) than that observed in recent days at the pump.

New surge in the price of the barrel

As the barrel is currently sold at more than 80 dollars on the financial markets, the trend is clearly not expected to fall, since investors continue to anticipate strong global demand for fuel, following the sharp slowdown experienced after the emergence of Covid-19 on the planet and economic recovery.

This increase is also explained by the current tensions in Kazakhstan. These tensions within the country of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev are pushing up oil prices even further, as investors fear future supply disruptions from Central Asia’s largest oil producer.

And if the inflation allowance of 100 euros sent by the government to nearly 38 million French people was also intended to compensate for the rise in fuel prices, it is clear that for French people dependent on their individual means of transport, the note is likely to be more and more salty. The opposition did not fail to put its proposals back on the table, less than 3 months before the first round of the presidential election.

According to INSEE data released on Friday January 14, consumer prices rose by 2.8% in December 2021, a similar increase to November. One more confirmation of this inflationary trend even as Bruno Le Maire announced, this Thursday, January 13, a limitation of the increase in electricity prices to 4% in 2022 to protect the purchasing power of the French.

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