The discount at the pump promised by the government will be 15 to 18 cents including tax per liter of fuel, a difference which is explained by the amount of VAT applied in the various French territories, we learned Friday from the ministry. of the ecological transition.
The implementation of this discount, which will go up to 18 euro cents for consumers in mainland France, will be effective next Friday according to a decree expected on Saturday, it was indicated, confirming information from the Parisian.
“We wanted the discount at the pump of 15 cents per liter of fuel to apply to everyone. The discount is calculated on the basis of 15 cents excluding tax, which explains why the discounts are different depending on the amount of the VAT applied to petroleum products”, it was explained.
“The VAT being 20% on the mainland in Metropolitan France, the discount at the pump will be 18 cents per liter including tax for the consumer. It will be around 17 cents in Corsica where the VAT is 13% and 15 cents in Overseas, where there is no VAT on petroleum products”, detailed the ministry.
The price displayed at the pump will include the discount. The distributors will themselves benefit upstream from the discount, at the level of the purchasing groups, from Sunday, which should allow the system to be fluid when it comes into force.
The reduction is made “at the level of the marketers, all that is depots and refineries, which will apply the discount to bulk sales”, specified to AFP the Ufip Energies and mobilities, which brings together professionals in the oil sector. .
Faced with soaring fuel prices and less than a month before the presidential election, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced in mid-March this discount at the pump, from April 1 and for four months.
Three billion euros of credits will be devoted to this measure which, after diesel and gasoline, has been extended to LPG and LNG.
The government had also announced “exceptional financial aid equivalent to 35 cents per liter of diesel” for fishermen, implemented on March 17 and until the end of July.
Dissatisfied with government announcements, construction professionals, fishermen, farmers and transporters, joined by taxis, had organized filter dams at the start of the week, blockades of oil depots and refineries throughout France to protest against soaring prices. fuels.
According to official figures published on Monday, the price of road fuel sold in French service stations fell below 2 euros on average last week, falling for the first time since the start of the year.