Worries over purchasing power

People in France are worried about food bills, taxes and petrol and have little faith that polticians will help

4 October 2011

PEOPLE have lost faith in the ability of politicians to improve their purchasing power.

A Viavoice-BCPE survey for Les Echos and France Info shows 46% of people said they had faith in “no one” as far as this is concerned.

Only 10% said they trusted President Sarkozy and the government to help in the future, and only 8% would put their faith in any of the opposition politicians.

Consumer associations were the sector inspiring most confidence – 20% - while supermarkets were at 9%, employers and unions both 8%.

The assessment is especially damning towards President Sarkozy, who promised improved purchasing power when he became president in 2007.

Food bills are the biggest worry for 44% of those questioned, followed by taxes (32%), petrol (31%), electricity (25%) and healthcare (24%).

Photo: © paul prescott - Fotolia.com

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