Inflation is felt more and more on the portfolio of the French. Consequence: they are more and more attentive to their purchasing power to the point of making it a priority, as indicated by a CSA survey for the Journal du Dimanche: 46% of them place it at the top of their concerns. .
For several months, consumer prices have been steadily increasing compared to the previous year. In May, they jumped 5.2% over one year, indicates INSEE.
It takes a leap of 37 years in the past to witness such a level of inflation. At that time, the inflation rate was 5.8%.
Faced with this situation, the executive intends to find solutions to help its citizens.
To do this, the government of Elisabeth Borne will present a bill on purchasing power within a few days. Here’s what it should consist of.
The purchasing power of the French has been a priority of the government of Elisabeth Borne since her first day as head of government, May 16, 2022. “Emergency laws for purchasing power will be the first texts of this quinquennium. They will be examined by the new Assembly as soon as it resumes its work”, declared the Prime Minister on May 27.
This bill, which contains the purchasing power law and the amending finance bill (PLFR), should be presented on July 6 to the Council of Ministers and debated in the National Assembly from July 18, 2022.
Here is what it will contain:
The food check, promised by Emmanuel Macron, should ultimately not be part of this bill.
The Minister of Agriculture has made it official, the food voucher “will see the light of day”. However, it will not be part of the bill presented on July 6, 2022 to the Council of Ministers. “It will come rather in the October-November part, in the finance bill”, indicates Marc Fesneau on FranceInfo.
Mentioned since mid-December 2020, this food check should allow 5.5 to 10 million of the most modest people to buy “healthy, local, sustainable and organic food products”, as indicated by the Aveyron press center.
This aid has become a real headache for the government: “It’s quite complicated technically to be able to have aid that targets certain products in certain places. It is all the work that is being carried out by Bercy and the Ministry of Agriculture to find the best solution”, specified Gabriel Attal on FranceInfo.
In addition to the food check, it is the entire bill that may not see the light of day.
When the bill on purchasing power was mentioned by Elisabeth Borne, the government could count on an absolute majority in the National Assembly.
However, the legislative elections have completely reshuffled the cards at the Bourbon Palace. Now, the presidential coalition has only 245 seats. The Prime Minister will therefore have to succeed in forming alliances to obtain 44 additional votes in favor of this project for it to be validated.
The two main opposition groups, the New Popular, Ecological and Socialist Union (Nupes) as well as the National Rally (RN) are demanding more radical measures such as the freezing of prices or the increase of the minimum wage. There is therefore little chance that they will be satisfied with the government’s proposals to help the French.