Bruno Le Maire sees “no improvement before the start of 2023”

The Minister of the Economy, however, assures that “we do not have a scenario on the table today which foresees double-digit inflation in France”.

Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said on France 5 on Wednesday that “we should not expect an improvement on the inflation front before the start of 2023”.

But “we do not have a scenario on the table today which foresees double-digit inflation in France”, added the minister as consumer prices rose by 6.1% over one year in July, according to INSEE.

In the UK, inflation is at 10.1% and is expected to rise to over 18% in 2023, according to Citi Bank. In France, “in the weeks and months to come, until the end of 2022, we will continue to have very high prices. Then at the beginning of 2023, at least that’s what we expect, in the In the first quarter of 2023, we should start to see prices and inflation come down. It will happen gradually,” said Bruno Le Maire.

“Now is the time to help the French the most”

In a daily interview South West published on Sunday, the minister had declared that France was “at the peak of inflation”. Consequently, “it is now that we must help the French the most” before targeting aid “on those who need it most” from 2023, he explained.

Regarding the risk of recession in the euro zone, Bruno Le Maire estimated on France 5 that “everything will depend on Vladimir Putin’s decisions on gas. If he ever decides to cut off the gas for the EU and the euro zone, we are evaluating the impact on growth, for France alone, at half a point of GDP, and probably more for other economies more dependent on Russian gas than us”. “It is on the question of Russian gas that part of the growth in Europe will be played out in the coming months”, according to the minister.

Growth in the euro zone was 0.6% in the second quarter compared to the previous quarter, and 0.5% in France. But private sector activity contracted in August in the euro zone, and also in France, although less sharply, according to the PMI indices published on Tuesday by S&P Global.

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