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France Plans Food Vouchers, Welfare Rise to Calm Inflation Fears

  • Macron government pledges new measures after legislative vote
  • Cost of living was a key issue in presidential campaign

The French government pledged to increase social benefits and issue food vouchers to the poorest households as freshly re-elected President Emmanuel Macron seeks to avert panic over a cost-of-living crisis before legislative elections next month. 

The finance ministry has already prepared a revised budget with an array of measures to cover promises Macron made while running for re-election. That will be presented to parliament after the second round of legislative elections has taken place on June 19, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said.