Price caps on food products in France - reports
French Finance minister works out a deal with the major retailers to establish cap prices on a variety of staple foods
It was announced today that the French Finance minister had worked out a deal with the major retailers to establish cap prices on a variety of staple foods for a span of three months starting in March.
"I am glad to announce that we made a deal with a group of distributors this morning… to keep prices of a range of essential products as low as possible for the duration of three months," the minister said in a press conference.
According to Le Maire, the "anti-inflation quarter" pact will ensure the availability of food products in the market while keeping them at affordable prices to relieve the burden of inflation on financially challenged households and minimize the effect of inflation on purchasing power.
The list of products that will fall under this strategy of subsidization will be specified by distributors.
The rate of inflation has increased from 6% in January to 6.2% in February. Food prices specifically have increased by 14.5% since last year.
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Earlier in January, Bruno Le Maire had said "The state is ready to do everything necessary to help bakers that are worried and at times in complete despair.”
French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne had made vows, which help bakers pay their electric bills in installments and delay tax payments till next year when energy bills are expected to be lower.
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