The tariff shield on energy prices could be replaced by more targeted aid for low-income French people next year, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Saturday in Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône). ). “We are not going to expose the most modest French people to reckless increases in the price of energy”, assured the head of government to the press, meeting on the sidelines of the Aix Economic Meetings. “If there were no shield” on the price of gas or a cap on electricity prices, “electricity would be a third more expensive and gas, 45 to 50%” more expensive, has she pointed. “We can’t imagine asking the French, starting with the modest French, to pay 45% more for their gas or a third more for their electricity.
However, given the cost of the tariff shield for the State, “we must move from general mechanisms to more targeted mechanisms”, judged Elisabeth Borne. “The work is in progress,” she added. “Now we are in the heart of the peak of inflation, which will last for several more months, so it is necessary to move to more targeted support” on people with modest incomes who are suffering the most from inflation, said de his side to journalists the Minister of the Economy Bruno, Le Maire, on the sidelines of the Economic Meetings.