France Citizens To Receive ‘Inflation Allowance’ Amid Price Hikes
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
(Worthy News) – As Europe faces widespread discontent over world energy prices hikes, France’s government rushed Friday to promise a one-off payment of 100 euro ($116) to each of its 38 million citizens.
The “inflation allowance” would go to French people automatically, including those who do not drive a car or ride a motorbike.
The first round of payments will go to business employees in late December. Civil servants, students, and pensioners will get theirs in early 2022, the government said.
The €100 payment will be tax-free said. Prime Minister Jean Castex added that it would cost France 3.8 billion euros ($4.4 billion). However, that would be “far less” than the cost of cutting fuel duty, he claimed.
It comes at a time when the energy market turmoil has had a knock-on effect, disrupting supply chains and causing some shortages of fuel and other consumer goods in Europe.
The shortages and price hikes have been linked to massive demand from businesses recovering from the long COVID pandemic and harsh restrictions.
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