Declining purchasing power, rising cost of fuel and energy, etc. The idea of a food check paid to households each month, “to promote quality food”, should very soon materialize.
The Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, announced, on April 17, an implementation “immediately after the election”. Here we are. 20 minutes takes stock of the contours of this electoral promise.
What is the purpose of this food voucher?
First, face the context: inflation in France jumped 4.8% over one year in April after 4.5% a month earlier according to figures published this Friday morning by INSEE. And so, how, at the same time, can the poorest “eat well” be allowed? This is the ambition displayed by this food voucher.
This measure had been announced by Emmanuel Macron in December 2020 before the Citizen’s Climate Convention. “The idea is to say that today you have nearly eight million of our fellow citizens who have difficulty in having access to local productions, to quality productions, to our French productions in reality and therefore they need to give a boost to help them acquire this “, had explained, Sunday, April 17, on France 3Julien Denormandie, Minister of Agriculture.
What would be the amount of this food voucher, and for whom?
LREM MP Grégory Besson-Moreau, who worked on the subject for Macron’s campaign, mentioned a few days ago “a check for 50 to 60 euros per month”, which represents “a budget of four to six billion euros per year. On France Blue, on March 22, 2022, Emmanuel Macron spoke of a device intended for the “lower classes” and the “middle classes”.
How to distribute this food voucher?
Should its distribution be entrusted to the municipal centers for social action (Ccas)? Set up a partnership with “networks of markets, producers, local grocery stores, but also mass distribution” to materialize eligible products? The contours remain very blurred. A card on which the sum would be credited, like restaurant tickets? Or quite simply an aid which would not depend on any condition of expenditure?
“What would be a shame is that we make food checks for the French, which are spent in the most expensive shops”, noted, bitterly, yesterday, Michel-Edouard Leclerc, boss of the supermarket group, on BFM TV. “It’s a shame, if we make a food check, it’s to help people who have little money, who are with us, at Lidl, Aldi …”, he insisted.