Increase in fuel prices after French government withdraws discounts

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Increase in fuel prices after French government withdraws discounts
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Prices at the pump have soared in France over the last week, after the government ended a scheme to give discounts to road users. 

The Ministry of Ecological Transition acknowledged that diesel has been sold at the average price of 1.90 euros per litre at service stations this week, an increase of 10 cents from previously. In some locations, the price of diesel has exceeded 2 euros per litre. Meanwhile, unleaded petrol increased in price by 13.4 cents, costing on average 1.75 euros per litre.

The rise is due to the reduction in the degree of discounts being provided by the State. On September 1, the government introduced a scheme to cut 30 cents per litre for consumers. This has now been reduced to 10 cents. 

For 2023, the government has said it plans to target aid at particular motorists who are “struggling to make ends meet”.


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