“Protective measures” for the French are currently being studied if fuel prices were to continue to rise, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday.
“There are several possible avenues: there is the issue of lowering taxes – we are not there today -; there may be a question of specific help, ”he said in statements relayed by local media.
However, he said, “the decision is not taken”.
“Before making a decision, you have to look at what is most effective in helping the French who need it most,” added the spokesperson.
“As soon as these increases continue and the estimates that are made indicate that they should continue over time, obviously we would consider protective measures, as we did on gas, as we have made on electricity ”, he assured.
“If these increases continue, the necessary measures will be taken,” the spokesman for the French executive insisted.
Six months before the presidential election, purchasing power is establishing itself as one of the flagship themes of the campaign, while energy prices are soaring in Europe.
At the beginning of October, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a “tariff shield” in order to block the increase in gas prices until next April, and a cap at 4% of the increase in electricity tariffs planned for next February. .
To cushion the rise in the price of gas on October 1, 2021, the French government recently announced the payment of exceptional aid of 100 euros to beneficiaries of the Energy Check, social assistance sent automatically between March and April each year.