Millions of French motorists will receive € 100 to help them cope with rising fuel prices

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Millions of French motorists will receive € 100 to help them cope with rising fuel prices


Millions of French motorists will receive € 100 (£ 84) to help them cope with rising fuel costs.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the one-time grant would be awarded to around 36 million people who earn less than € 2,000 per month.

Speaking to TF1 television, he described this decision as “an exceptional response to an exceptional situation”.

The scholarships, which will be awarded to groups comprising the self-employed, job seekers and retirees, will be distributed from December.

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to run in the country’s presidential election in April, but public anger is growing among citizens facing the dual challenge of recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and paying for rising fuel costs.

Last month, the French government pledged € 100 for around six million of the poorest households who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

The rise in fuel prices has hit many countries, including the UK, where the Petrol Retailers Association has warned that motorists could soon face prices not seen since April 2012.

Average prices hit 141.35 pence for gasoline and 144.84 pence for diesel on Tuesday in the UK, approaching 2012 highs of 142 pence and 148 pence respectively.

No subsidy has been offered for motorists in the UK.

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