POLITICS – New year, new outbreak. Prices at the pump have been breaking records since the beginning of the month. On January 7, the date of the last official score published by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the average price of diesel stood at 1.59 euros/litre on average, up five cents compared to the end of December. Same fight for unleaded 95-E10 (1.66) and unleaded 98 (1.75).
Rates that continue to soar to believe The Parisian, which made its headlines on Friday, January 14, on the disarray of motorists in the face of this situation. And for good reason: these prices have never been so high. By way of comparison, diesel was at €1.53 per liter in mid-October 2018 when the yellow vests slingshot broke out.
In this obviously lasting context (inflation had already contracted the wallets of the French last fall), the presidential candidates compete with ideas and proposals. Some advocate price freezes while others talk about lowering VAT or “energy vouchers”. Enough to fuel a debate that risks becoming more acute if the rise continues now three months before the big election. Overview.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon wants to freeze prices
This is one of the key proposals at the start of the campaign of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the rebellious candidate: a “social emergency law”. The principle? Freeze prices on basic necessities, from food to gas to electricity and, therefore, fuel. His close guard had also pleaded for a “moratorium” last fall, when prices were already soaring.
Roussel and the floating tax
Still on the left, Fabien Roussel is pleading for a “floating tax” to cushion the various upheavals linked to oil. This “makes it possible to lower taxes when the price of a barrel rises so that it does not weigh on the purchasing power of our fellow citizens”, explained the leader of the Communists, last October, which has not yet revealed. its entire program. He also advocates “virtually free” public transport everywhere “where possible” and broader “conversion bonuses”.
Hidalgo wants to lower VAT
You have to search to find the measure: but it does appear in Anne Hidalgo’s program. The socialist, who presented her 70 proposals on Thursday, also speaks of energy as “a basic necessity.” She thus promises to lower “the VAT on the natural gas and electricity bill” and “for fuels in the event of a surge in the price at the pump”, without giving any further figures.
Jadot for “energy checks”
No reduction in taxes for the ecologist Yannick Jadot, but an extended and upgraded “energy check”. The one who must unveil his program on January 19 evoked, in the fall, an envelope of 400 euros for “the most modest households”, reduced to 100 euros for 16 million French people of the middle class.
Pécresse and the mileage package
On the other side of the political spectrum, Valérie Pécresse, who advocates a major movement to raise wages, is more discreet on the subject. Last October, it simply proposed to raise the ceiling of the mileage package paid by certain employers to 50%. “Perhaps we could consider authorizing greater support,” she said on the Grand Jury set, also explaining that she wanted to “negotiate at European level to set energy prices differently”.
Le Pen wants 5.5% VAT
More to the right, Marine Le Pen who presented herself, for a time, as the “candidate of purchasing power”, multiplied the promises for the wallets of the French. Among them: the lowering of VAT to 5.5% on fuel and energy. A measure which would make it possible to lower the price of a full 40 liters by “8 euros” according to the calculation of the candidate of the National Rally formulating this idea last fall.
Zemmour wants companies to pay
Like Valérie Pécresse, Eric Zemmour wants to put businesses to work. The far-right polemicist, who devotes an entire section of his project to motorists, wants companies to “reimburse 50% of the fuel costs of their employees for home-to-work journeys.” On the other hand, he advocated, in the fall, a reduction in taxes which no longer appears in his programmatic booklets.
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