The outgoing president announced a new measure for the purchasing power of the French in the event of re-election on Sunday.
“I would like to set up a meal voucher to help the most humble of households and the middle class meet these additional costs, to also encourage them to shop short distance and buy French.”said Emmanuel Macron on March 22, reports France Inter.
The measure, already mentioned by the outgoing president on March 7, is not new. This is the implementation of a provision included but never applied in the law of August 22, 2021 to combat climate change and strengthen resilience to its effects.
According to Article 259 of this text, which emerged from the work of the Citizens’ Climate Convention, the “government” had to submit “to Parliament” “an interim report on the methods and deadlines for the introduction of a sustainable food voucher and on the measures taken in this area”.
This working document should be sent to parliamentarians at the latest “two months after the announcement” of the law, i.e. in October 2021. The law also required this “Within six months […] a report to Parliament on the conditions for the implementation of the “Sustainable Food Voucher”, under :
- the beneficiaries;
- Eligible Products;
- face value;
- the duration ;
- the conditions of sale.
Apparently, these documents were never sent to Parliament.
December 2020: “I agree to the meal voucher, so we have to do this”
The Citizen’s Climate Convention had recommended in June 2020 “the creation of food vouchers that can be used to purchase sustainable products (from agroecology, short circuits)”. “I agree with the food check, so we have to do it,” the head of state had indicated in December 2020. However, his words were never followed by effects.
The most total blur still surrounds this measure announced between the two towers. A few days before the second round of the presidential elections, the amounts and conditions for obtaining this meal voucher have still not been communicated by the candidate and his team.
“The idea is to say [que] Today you have almost 8 million of our fellow citizens who find it difficult to access local productions, quality productions, our French productions in reality and that is why we must give them a boost to help them acquire this “nevertheless outlined Julien Denormandy, Minister of Agriculture.
The only clear message on the subject: it would be implemented “immediately after the election, in the course of 2022”according to this close friend of Emmanuel Macron, reports 20 Minutes.
For her part, Marine Le Pen wants the abolition of VAT for a “basket of 100 products” for daily consumption.