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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Prix de l’énergie : les "mesurettes" de Matignon

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Price of Energy: Prime Minister’s “Mini-Measures”

Translated Friday 8 April 2011, by Gene Zbikowski and reviewed by Gene Zbikowski

To “limit the impact of the price of energy on purchasing power,” French Prime Minister François Fillon has announced that he is “taking a set of measures.”

To “limit the impact of the price of energy on purchasing power,” French Prime Minister François Fillon has announced in a communiqué that he is “taking a set of measures” notably the cancelling of a hike in the price of natural gas, but indicates that there will be a 2.9% rise in electricity prices from July 1, 2011.

“The Prime Minister has decided that the increase in the price of natural gas (which had just been increased by 5.2% on April 1) which was to come in July on the basis of the mechanisms that are in force, will not take place,” and he is studying a new price schedule, the public relations service of the Prime Minister wrote in a communiqué which was published in the early morning of April 5. They also indicated that the price of electricity for households will go up by 2.9% on July 1, 2011, and that the price will then remain unchanged until July 1, 2012.

The Prime Minister’s services also reported that, to take the increase in fuel prices into account, the oil companies will have to make a financial contribution in order to permit an increase in the tax deductions for people who use their car a lot for work. François Baroin, the Minister of the Budget, will, for his part, increase “by 4.6% the flat mileage table to be used in calculating income for the year 2010 compared to the level used in 2009, to take account of the recent change in fuel prices.”

The communiqué from the Prime Minister’s services goes on to say that “this measure will be financed by a special contribution from the oil companies which the ministers will define with the oil companies at the round table to be held in the coming days.”

The Union Fédérale des Consommateurs – Que Choisir, a French consumer protection organization, is happy at the government announcement regarding natural gas prices but notes that natural gas went up by 5.2% on April 1 and that “the government might have opposed the hike.” With regard to electricity prices, the question is, what will happen to prices after 2012?

For more information: Energie: les prix vont flamber


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