French PM announces aid cheques for people struggling with price hikes

The newly-appointed PM announced on Tuesday that financial aid would be distributed in September. It would be targeted at low-income households and would be paid directly into people’s back accounts in la rentrée (September). The scheme is likely to be similar to the chèque energie that was distributed to around 6 million people in 2020 and 2021.

The announcement comes after Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire last week confirmed that the shield on energy bills will remain in place until at least the end of 2022 and possibly into 2023. A massive package of financial aid has also been directed at industries including truck drivers, farmers and fishermen to help them cope with the rise in the price of fuel following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.