Despite disturbing the driver, Bruno Le Maire said that ecological transition can not be "suspended".
The executive has no intention of abandoning the price of petrol and diesel. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire confirmed on Monday the increase in the following fuel taxes since January 1st.
"No, it will not be suspended … We do not stop the ecological transition, converting French fleets, which is necessary," Berce's BFMTV convinced. And the Minister added: "We can not give up on our goal of having less polluting transportation."
According to the Ministry of Green Transition, taxes on diesel will increase by 6.5 cents per liter next year, while gasoline will increase by 2.9 cents. This increase can be explained by an increase in the contribution to climate energy (CCE) – some kind of carbon tax – which will decrease from 44.6 euros per tonne of CO2 to 55 euros on January 1, 2019.
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In one year, the price of diesel has increased by about 23%, and the price of gasoline by 15%. On average, from 1.51 euros last week, the price of charged diesel fuel reached a level that has not been seen since the early 2000s.
Emmanuel Macron "assumes"
This fiscal policy was taken over by the government, despite the increasing anger of the driver. "I fully assume that petrol taxation is taxing more and I prefer taxing fuel to taxation," said Emmanuel Macron in an interview with the regional press.
For his part, Secretary of State for Ecology, Emmanuelle Vargon, responded to Twitter on the driver's rage, condemning "drivers who misled" in a video that watched more than 5.2 million times and shared more than 200,000 times in two weeks. In the video, she denies any "conspiracy of the government against cars" and justifies the increase in taxes on environmental imperatives and public health.