News - Tuesday, November 15th


Petrol price rise - Petrol and diesel prices in France are set to rise from tomorrow. The 30 centime subsidy put in place by the government will be reduced to 10 centimes, while the 20 centime reduction at TotalEnergy stations will also be stopped. However, according to government spokesperson Olivier Véran a new system of aid will take effect from January 1st, 2023, which is intended to benefit up to 12 million people.

Meanwhile, the scourge of fuel siphoning has spread across France. Fuel thefts have doubled in one year, going from 1,174 incidents reported in 2021 to more than 2,400 this year.

Medical test centre strike - There will be difficulties getting routine medical tests over the next few days, due to a rolling strike that started yesterday at 90-95% of the country's medical test centres (laboratoires). Workers are protesting the government’s plans to cut funding for test centres as part of the 2023 Social Security budget. The strike is set to run until tomorrow evening, with the possibility of it being extended. It will affect blood and urine tests and several other procedures, although COVID antigen tests are available in pharmacies.

French prime minister visits Marseille - The Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne was speaking in Marseille yesterday, telling the region's mayors that the PACA region is endowed with exceptional biodiversity and landscapes, but is one of the most affected by rising temperatures and extreme climatic events. She outlined her vision to make the region a leader in ecological planning. Her experimental plan includes measures to decarbonise industry, develop less polluting transport, and preserve water resources and forests.

A national watchdog has exposed hundreds of fraudulent products labelled as “Made In France” - After carrying out a national survey of a thousand companies claiming their products were "Made in France", the French fraud control agency DGCCR has reported that 15 percent of brands were not what was advertised on the label. The survey was related to non-food products – such as masks and hydro-alcoholic gels massively sold during the Covid health crisis – and various other sectors, including jewellery, eyewear, cosmetics, textiles, and furniture. The DGCCRF says it will continue its checks on the origin of brands "in view of the growing appeal of French and local products to consumers, and in order to support industrial relocation in France," and has reminded consumers who have doubts about the real origin of a product, that they can report it on the SignalConso website.

Green Beans - Be wary