End of the fuel rebate, new devices, pension reform: the details of Gabriel Attal

EXCLUSIVE FREE MIDI – End of the fuel rebate, new devices, pension reform, strikes in the analysis laboratories: the developments of Gabriel Attal, Minister of Public Accounts.

The government rebate on fuel was reduced from 30 to 10 euro cents per liter on Wednesday. To set up a less expensive device?

Over the past year, the price of gasoline has risen sharply worldwide, and we have chosen a massive temporary support system with the fuel rebate. It had to be temporary because it is extremely expensive, and we don’t want to increase Taxes the French. The rebate will have cost eight billion euros over the year, the equivalent of the annual budget of the Ministry of Justice.

For an average motorist, this saved €120 on the petrol bill, plus €40 for those who benefited from the Total rebate.

We have chosen to gradually extinguish this discount, we go to ten cents from this Wednesday, November 16, and it will stop at the end of the year, and to replace it a targeted device to working French people who need to use their car to go to work. This will be specific aid, very easy to use, and which can be paid at the beginning of 2023.

What will be the terms of this arrangement? And what criteria will determine the beneficiaries?

We are in the process of defining the terms. The objective is to support French people from working classes and the middle class. The first criterion for benefiting from the aid will be to work, to declare income from activity. Many French people work hard, find it difficult to make ends meet, and feel that we mainly help those who do not work. Second criterion, it will be necessary to be in a certain level of income, of modest category, or middle class, we are in the process of defining it.

Then, all you have to do is connect to an online portal, enter your remote declarant number, your gray card number, and you can, between three and five days, receive assistance in your bank account. These terms will be announced by mid-December.
But the most massive measure for the purchasing power of individuals is the tariff shield. The bill of the French thanks to our measure will only increase by 15% maximum, instead of 120% without measure. It is public finances that pay for this difference. Another example: 23 million in France should receive, at this time, a tax notice to pay the audiovisual license fee. These are 138 euros deleted.

What about aid for local authorities?

We have set up a system which allows, for the communities most weakened by the increase in energy prices, to support them in an exceptional way at the end of the year. We have an envelope of 430 million euros which allows financial support to be paid to local authorities. Payments are beginning to be made, ranging from several tens of thousands of euros to several hundred. In Occitania, eleven municipalities in Aveyron, for example, have already received a deposit.

And what about business?

A measure is put in place to limit their electricity and gas bills. Companies will see these bills drop in the coming weeks in the contracts they will conclude.

Have you calculated the cost of these measures?

Overall, between 2021 and 2023, to fight against inflation, we will have spent 110 billion euros. I see this expense as an investment, and as other expenses avoided. Because if we do not support companies in the face of inflation, behind it, we should spend to help those who go bankrupt, and compensate unemployed French people. We are at the heart of the storm, and it will not take us, thanks to this massive action to support the French.

On the pension reform, are you in the midst of consultations?

We are in consultation with the social partners, the political formations. The objective is to present the content of the reform before the holidays. And that the text of the law can be examined in Parliament in January. This reform should enable our pay-as-you-go system to hold up.

A significant deficit is expected in the coming years. We need to increase the volume of work in our country to benefit from additional revenues to finance high priorities, the care of dependency, the improvement of the hospital, etc.

Can the objective of raising the legal retirement age to 64 still be negotiated?

In the program of the President of the Republic, it is planned that from next summer, the legal age will be pushed back by four months a year, and we will reach 64 at the end of the five-year term. The President of the Republic indicated that in the consultation carried out, there can be avenues of work where we play a little less on the legal age, and a little more on the duration of contribution, for example.

But the meaning of the reform is that, overall, to work longer, like our neighbors who have already turned 65 or 67, and we will of course take into account those who started working very young and those who have had arduous jobs. And the reform will contain progress. We want, for example, that someone who has worked all his life cannot receive less than €1,100 in retirement.

Do you fear a social rebellion?

It is never easy to bring about a pension reform, they are always accompanied by social movements. My belief is that a large majority of French people are aware that you have to work a little longer. All the countries around us have already gone to 65 or 67.

Then, on the parliamentary level, I believe that a majority is possible on this text. During the presidential campaign, the LRs defended a reform with a decline in the legal age, they adopted an amendment on this subject in the Senate a few days ago. If they are consistent with their convictions and their commitments, they should vote for this reform.

What is your position on the strike movement in medical analysis laboratories?

biologists and analysis laboratories play a very important role in our healthcare system. They had a very important role during the Covid to allow massive testing. These tests, paid for by Social Security, therefore by all French people, brought them a turnover of seven billion euros. It is a sector which has seen its margins increase, we are at a gross margin of 30% today, it is very, very above all the other sectors.

Under these conditions, at a time when all French people, companies, communities, are making efforts, medical analysis laboratories can make an effort with a slight drop in their prices. I won’t let go.

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