Are there 2 million fewer smokers in France since the sharp rise in tobacco prices?

To affirm that the country has 2 million fewer smokers, the Minister of Health dates back to 2017, according to his cabinet. In the context of the vote on the 2023 budget and the social security financing bill (PLFSS), the government communicated in particular on “the indexation of taxation to the evolution of prices” tobacco. … Read more

Tobacco prices: is France already the European country that taxes cigarettes the most?

The Tax foundation, a Swiss NGO specializing in the analysis of tax policies, has looked into the issue of tobacco taxation across Europe. Thanks to data retrieved from the European Commission, she managed to draw up a ranking of the countries where the levels of taxation are the highest. If France is on the podium, … Read more

Climate convention: France, champion of the resumption of popular initiatives?

Monday, September 12, Olivier Véran thus explained that “85% of the proposals were accepted and implemented” and that abroad, “the percentage of proposals resulting from citizens’ conventions” wasn’t that high. According to several media that have since compiled the numbers, the number of measures finally adopted is well below what Olivier Véran claims: only 15 … Read more

In schools in Île-de-France, is only one in two staff permanent?

Do we make the same observation in the other Ile-de-France academies? More or less. In Paris, for example, there are 207 contract teachers in public primary education, out of a total of 8,000 teachers. That is about 2.5% of the workforce. A slightly larger proportion in secondary education: 1,114 contract teachers out of a total … Read more

Energy prices: is France the only European country not to tax superprofits?

It was also in May that the British government announced that it would do the same. A “exceptional tax” 25% has thus been put in place on oil and gas profits, which should allow, according to the government, to raise 5 billion pounds (or 5.80 billion euros) in one year. Be careful though, as pointed … Read more

Storms: Is Météo-France forced to work with increasingly reduced resources?

According to this information note, a contract signed in 2019 between the organization and the budget department, attached to Bercy, aimed “a 15% reduction in the establishment’s workforce” between 2018 and 2022. That is an annual average of 95 job cuts. In 2021, “over the first three years of execution of the contract, the operator … Read more