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How to claim the €100 fuel aid for motorists in France

The French government's €100 petrol aid became available to motorists in France on low incomes on Monday - here's who can apply and how.

How to claim the €100 fuel aid for motorists in France
A client fills his car with gas at a petrol station in southwestern France, on January 18, 2022. (Photo by GAIZKA IROZ / AFP)

Ahead of doing away with the fuel rebate of €0.10 per litre – which helped French motorists counter high fuel costs amid the cost of living crisis – at the start of January, the French government announced plans to offer a €100 grant for motorists on low incomes who rely on their vehicles to get to work.

This aid (called the indemnité carburant in French) became available on January 16th on the French government’s tax website, and it will be available until the end of February.

However, this benefit is only available to people on a low income who use their car for work (therefore it cannot be claimed by retirees) – and you also need a French-registered car.

In the single day since the claim system was opened, the French government had already registered over 825,000 requests.

According to French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne in December: “If you drive an average of 12,000 km per year, which is the average of the French” it represents aid of 10 cents per litre, the same rate as previous rebate.

How to access it

Unlike the previous fuel discount which was applied directly at the pump, you will need to apply for the €100 fuel aid. To do so, you must go to the tax site ‘” and enter your tax number (numéro fiscale), the licence plate number for your vehicle (numéro d’immatriculation du véhicule utilisé) and the car registration document (numéro de carte grise); and finally a sworn statement that you use this vehicle for professional purposes.

The income calculation is based on the previous year’s tax declaration, so it cannot be accessed by new arrivals who have not yet completed a tax declaration.

You have until February 28th, 2023 to fill in the form.

You can expect to receive the payment via a bank transfer, which according to the French government will be available within eight to 10 days for an accepted application.

If you have trouble claiming the fuel allowance online, you can always go to your nearest tax office or call the phone number 0-806-000-229 from Monday to Friday (8:30 am to 7 pm).

What income qualifications must I meet?

Your income must not have exceed €14,700 for a single person in 2021.

The French government also referenced other income limits, outlined below:

  • A maximum of €1,314 net per month for a single person
  • A maximum of €3,285 net per month for a couple with one child
  • A maximum of €3,285 net per month for a single person with two children
  • A maximum of €3,941 net per month for a couple with two children
  • A maximum of €5,255 net per month for a couple with three children

The aid is intended to assist 50 percent of France’s poorest households who rely on their vehicles to get to work. This also includes motorcycle drivers (two-wheeled vehicles), as well as self-employed workers. Electric and rechargeable hybrid vehicles will also be included in the scheme, according to Linternaute.

The fuel aid scheme joins several other one-off payments of €100 or €200 targeted at low-income households, such as the chèque energie, designed to help the most vulnerable cope with the rising cost of living.

READ MORE: How to access French government grants for wood-fired heating

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Rugby tickets, coffee and stickers – French presidential candidates chastised over expenses claims

From coffee runs to rugby tickets and professional photos - France's election financing body has revealed some of the items it has refused to reimburse from the 2022 presidential race.

Rugby tickets, coffee and stickers - French presidential candidates chastised over expenses claims

Spending on the election trail is tightly regulated in France, with maximum campaign spends per candidate as well as a list of acceptable expenses that can be reimbursed.

In France the State pays at least some of the election campaign costs, with the budget calculated according to how many votes the candidate ends up getting. 

READ MORE: 5 things to know about French election campaign financing

On Friday, the government body (la Commission nationale des comptes de campagne et des financements politiques – or CNCCFP) released its findings for the 12 candidates who ran in the April 2022 presidential campaign. 

All of the candidates had their accounts approved, but 11 out of the 12 were refused reimbursement on certain items. Here are some of the items that did not get CNCCFP approval;

Rugby tickets 

Jean Lassalle – the wildcard ‘pro farmer’ candidate who received about three percent of votes cast in the first round of the 2022 election – bought “19 tickets to attend a rugby match” according to the CNCCFP’s findings. The organisation said it would not be reimbursing the tickets and questioned “the electoral nature of the event”. 

The total cost of the tickets was €465 (or €24.50 each).

Too many coffees

Socialist candidate, and current mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo reportedly spent at least €1,600 on coffee for her team during the campaign.

According to the CNCCFP, however, the caffeine needed to keep a presidential campaign running did not qualify under the country’s strict campaign financing rules.

Too many stickers

Hard-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s was told that the 1.2 million stickers that were bought – to the tune of €28,875 – to advertise the campaign would not be reimbursed. Mélenchon justified the purchasing of the stickers – saying that in the vast majority of cases they were used to build up visibility for campaign events, but CNCCFP ruled that “such a large number” was not justified. 

Mélenchon was not the only one to get in trouble for his signage. Extreme-right candidate Éric Zemmour was accused of having put up over 10,000 posters outside official places reserved for signage. The same went for the far-right’s Marine Le Pen, who decided to appeal the CNCCFP’s decision not to reimburse €300,000 spent on putting posters of her face with the phrase “M la France” on 12 campaign buses.

Poster pictures

Emmanuel Macron – who won re-election in 2022 – will not be reimbursed for the €30,000 spent on a professional photographer Soazig de la Moissonière, who works as his official photographer and took the picture for his campaign poster. 

The CNCCFP said that Macron’s team had “not sufficiently justified” the expenditure.

Expensive Airbnbs

Green party member Yannick Jadot reportedly spent €6,048 on Airbnbs in the city of Paris for some of his campaign employees – an expense that the CNCCFP said that public funds would not cover.

Translating posters

The campaign finance body also refused to reimburse the Mélenchon campaign’s decision to translate its programme into several foreign languages at a cost of €5,398.

The CNCCFP said that they did not consider the translations to be “an expense specifically intended to obtain votes” in a French election.

Best and worst in class

The extreme-right pundit Zemmour had the largest amount of money not reimbursed. Zemmour created a campaign video that used film clips and historic news footage without permission and also appeared on CNews without declaring his candidacy – because of these two offences, CNCCFP has reduced his reimbursement by €200,000. He has been hit with a separate bill of €70,000 after he was found guilty of copyright infringement over the campaign video. 

The star pupil was Nathalie Arthaud, high-school teacher and candidate for the far-left Lutte Ouvriere party, who apparently had “completely clean accounts”. A CNCCFP spokesperson told Le Parisien that if all candidate accounts were like Arthauds’, then “we would be unemployed”.