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Fuel prices: Fabien Roussel calls for a “floating tax” – France


PCF presidential candidate Fabien Roussel on Thursday called on the government to “quickly” establish a “floating tax” on fuels for cushion the surge in prices at the pump. While taxes represent 60% of the price of a liter of fuel, “I propose to create a floating tax on gasoline as was done at the time by the Jospin government”, which “makes it possible to lower the prices. taxes when the price of a barrel goes up so that it does not weigh on the purchasing power of our fellow citizens, ”Fabien Roussel described on Cnews.

He also called for “control of distributors so that they pass on the drop in this tax on the price of gasoline”, and called on the State to “participate in the financing of public transport in urban areas so that they are free ”.

Corbière wants to “freeze prices”

Alexis Corbière, spokesperson for LFI candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, for his part asked on franceinfo to immediately freeze prices. “Already block them at the current level, to prevent it from continuing to flare up”, demanded the deputy LFI, proposing “the same method” as “that of Mr. Édouard Philippe when he was Prime Minister on the occasion of the yellow vests crisis ”in the fall of 2018.

Faced with the protests, Édouard Philippe then announced in early December 2018 a moratorium on the increase in the fuel tax scheduled for January 1, 2019 and a freeze on electricity and gas prices.

The government of Jean Castex is studying “protective measures” for the French if fuel prices were to continue to rise “over time”, its spokesperson Gabriel Attal announced on Wednesday. He mentioned “several possible avenues”, including a “lowering of taxes” and “specific assistance”, while specifying that “the decision has not been taken”.

“Obsession” to “tax” the French

Fabien Roussel judged “of course” possible a movement like that of the yellow vests, launched in November 2018, because “in the fight for the preservation of the climate”, this government has for “obsession” to “tax the door currency of the French to force them “to change their habits. But “this is not the way to do it”, he said, advocating on the contrary incentives “much stronger for the purchase of used vehicles or even new” which are clean.

For gas and electricity, the Communist candidate reiterated his proposal for a “30% reduction in taxes on bills” and accused the government of being “inflated” when he proposed a “tariff shield” against the rise in the price of gas: “it blocks prices after the incredible increases and will keep them high when they fall, to reimburse for the shortfall”.