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Electricity and gas: the freezing of tariffs, a measure risky

other government wanted to curb the price increase. Finally, consumers were forced to pay catch-up. The rate-regulated electricity and gas will not move until

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Electricity and gas: the freezing of tariffs, a measure risky

other government wanted to curb the price increase. Finally, consumers were forced to pay catch-up.

The rate-regulated electricity and gas will not move until the 31 march. It is one of the ads headlights made by Édouard Philippe on Tuesday to mitigate the wrath of the yellow vests. The increase in these prices concern for many households for the winter to come. A good number of consumer associations were alerted last week about a likely increase of 8% to 10% of the price of electricity.

These rates, the so-called "regulated", are subject to a complex mechanism of fixation, which takes into account both the regulation and the wholesale market, up from a year ago. What strongly impact the purchasing power of households. In the list of grievances that a portion of the yellow vests was sent to the media, on the 29th of November, was the nationalization of the suppliers of gas and electricity in France. It should be noted that today, the French State holds a quarter of the share capital of Engie (ex-GDF) and 83.7% of EDF.

Two arrested in Valls

This is not the first time, however, as a measure of gel spot price of energy is put in place. Behind the same willingness to preserve the purchasing power of the French, the government of Manuel Valls has passed two arrested in 2014 in order to curb the electricity rates.

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During the summer, when Bercy was still under the leadership of Arnaud Montebourg, a first-order causes the gel to an expected increase of 5% of regulated tariffs. A few months later, the other stopped causes, on November 1, 2014, an increase of more "moderate" of 2.5% of the price. It is signed by Ségolène Royal, minister of Environment and Energy, and by the new minister of the Economy... Emmanuel Macron.

retroactive Increase

Less than two years later, these palliative measures their return like boomerangs. In June 2016, the State Council decided to cancel at the time the freeze decided in July 2014 and up, considered to be "insufficient", from 2.5% recorded three months later.

The highest administrative court also asked the government to review the copy and make a new order providing for a retroactive increase of tariffs of electricity applied between the 1st November 2014 and 31st July 2015. This invoice will catch-up eventually reaches close to a billion euros, which is approximately 30 euros for each consumer, to be spread over 18 months on top of their bills as normal, as had been announced at the time, Ségolène Royal sur Europe 1.

Sarkozy freezes the gas

as to the gas, an imbroglio similar happened in 2012. At the end of the quinquennium of Nicolas Sarkozy, an order is made for the purpose of freezing the tariffs of GDF-Suez, over a period ranging from 1 October to 31 December 2011. The following year, François Hollande must assume the consequences of this decision : the Council of State to be invalid, in July 2012, the decree taken by the government Fillon.

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He indicated, as had been reported The World and the AFP, that the operators "will be able to charge for the add-corresponding price" to individuals and businesses. A price increase is accentuated by the increase, at the time, the cost of natural gas supply of the group. Édouard Philippe thus, if an order of the same type is taken, at the risk of inflating a bill merely delayed.

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