• The Prime Minister announced on Thursday evening on TF1 the measures taken by the government in the face of the increase in the price of fuel.

  • Jean Castex also affirmed that during the mandate of Emmanuel Macron, the purchasing power had increased "twice as much" as during the mandate of his predecessors.

  • The figures give him reason rather, but the feelings of the French are not so clear.

"Purchasing power under President Macron has increased twice as much as under the previous five-year terms," ​​assured Prime Minister Jean Castex in the

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of TF1 Thursday evening. He unveiled the measures taken by the government to fight in particular against the rise in fuel prices. The tenant of Matignon also enumerated several measures taken by the executive in recent months in terms of purchasing power: “Lower housing tax, revaluation of the activity premium, lower income tax. income especially for the middle and most disadvantaged classes. "

He also qualified Emmanuel Macron as “president of purchasing power”.

To believe the reactions of Internet users, the statement of the Prime Minister seems far removed from the feelings of the French.

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takes stock.


The Prime Minister quotes verbatim a report annexed to the 2022 budget, which notes that "the purchasing power of the French has grown twice as fast between 2017 and 2022 than under the previous two five-year terms".

This statement is based on INSEE figures, used in the graph on page 43 of the document.

During the mandate of Nicolas Sarkozy, the “purchasing power of gross disposable income” increased by 3.5%, then by 4.1% under François Hollande.

As for the five-year term of Emmanuel Macron, it increased by 7.6%, or indeed almost double.

The OFCE gives more nuanced figures in a note published on October 13. The mandate of Emmanuel Macron "is marked by a favorable evolution of the purchasing power of households". As shown in the graph published by the research organization, purchasing power should grow on average by 1% per year and per “consumption unit” over the five-year period. A development very favorable to that recorded during the mandate of his predecessors: + 0.2% per year between 2012 and 2017 - under François Hollande -, and stability between 2007 and 2012 - under Nicolas Sarkozy.

As for the feeling of the French, the bell is different.

According to

Les Echos

, 56% believe that their purchasing power has fallen during the tenure of Emmanuel Macron.

And only 8% think it has increased.

Half of the wealthiest people have found that the actions of the government over the past 5 years have had a "rather positive" impact.

On the other hand, the middle and working classes, for the majority, declare a “rather negative” impact.


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