“Protecting purchasing power, (…) this requires ecological planning,” assured Elisabeth Borne on Tuesday before the National Refoundation Council, while energy prices are soaring.

“Some fear that the ecological transition is synonymous with a drop in purchasing power. On the contrary, it is the absence of transition that would lead to this, because we would be eternally subject to shocks on prices and therefore on purchasing power “, affirmed the Prime Minister.

“Protecting purchasing power therefore involves phasing out fossil fuels, renovating housing, relocating. This involves controlling electricity costs (…) In a word, it involves ecological planning”, added the head of government.

She detailed the distribution of the additional 10 billion euros that will be committed to the ecological transition, seven of which will be spent in 2024.

A subject of tension, the question of the connection between ecology and purchasing power was brought up in the meeting held on the subject with the political parties on Monday in Matignon. Several party leaders called for “very strong regulation” of the price of electricity, according to Matignon.

“The most modest households (…) are those which pollute the least, but which are the most impacted by pollution” and which “are the least equipped to face this transition”, underlined at the end of the CNR Noam Leandri, president of the Alerte collective which brings together 34 associations fighting against poverty. He calls for “much more concrete” measures in their favor.

The representatives of the communities asked for “adapted means” for this transition, reported for the Association of Rural Mayors Yvan Lubraneskin, while for the U2P (Union of Local Businesses), Michel Picon called for “time” to adapt.

The president of the majority agricultural union FNSEA Arnaud Rousseau also informed the Prime Minister that he was wondering about the “means that will be implemented”, he told AFP: “It will be- is it reusing existing budgets or new money?”

He also noted that French ambition was not necessarily shared “by the major states of the planet such as the United States, India, China”, which according to him risks putting French economic players at a disadvantage “in a framework for international competition.

In July, the government postponed the presentation of this roadmap, in particular because of the riots and the reshuffle.

He promises a “very concrete” and “very operational” plan in order to “be at the European meeting” of the 55% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 compared to 1990, and to “ project towards carbon neutrality in 2050″.

The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron is due to speak on the subject on Monday, before the presentation, on September 27 in the Council of Ministers, of the draft budget for 2024.

19/09/2023 18:30:05 –         Paris (AFP) –         © 2023 AFP