Eric Ciotti has the benefits paid to the unemployed in his sights. This for an astonishing reason. He actually wants to use it… in order to lower fuel prices. The goal is in fact to recover a few billion by reducing allocations. This is to finance a rebate at the pump.
The boss of the Les Républicains (LR) party spoke on this subject this Saturday, September 30, in an interview given to Le Parisien. According to him, a rebate would cost five billion euros. An expense that could be offset by the reduction in these unemployment benefits:
A reduction in taxes, around 15 cents at the pump (…) represents a cost of five billion euros.” “Today, more than five million French people are registered with Pôle Emploi, while dozens of “Thousands of companies are struggling to recruit in what we call sectors in tension.”
“We want to reduce the duration and amount of unemployment compensation, to make it less attractive.” “[Cette mesure représentera] a gain of several billion euros.”
LR pushes for a rebate
Comments which are reminiscent of those recently made by Xavier Bertrand. The LR president of the Hauts-de-France region called for a rebate of 15 to 20 euro cents per liter of fuel. A “new rebate from the State [est] indispensable”he judged in particular.
An idea rejected entirely by the government. The latter in fact argued, through the voice of Bruno the Mayor, that such a measure would cost the State 12 billion euros. Since the start of the fuel crisis, the government has refused to make a gesture of this kind.
The latter, however, agreed last week to a sort of band-aid on the subject of fuels. Namely, a fuel check for 100 euros. To see if this will be enough to convince, especially at LR.
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To sum up
Eric Ciotti wants to act on fuel prices. For this, the Republican boss is asking for a reduction in unemployment benefits. This would, according to him, make it possible to finance a rebate of 15 cents at the pump, costing five billion euros.
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