It’s a Fast and Furious-style reverse gear. While the announcement of the end of the use of meal vouchers was due to occur on January 1, 2024, the Minister Delegate in charge of Small and Medium Enterprises OIivia Grégoire announced this Tuesday evening that the government was reversing its positions .
“Good ideas must be extended” she declared on M6, promising that “nothing will change for the French” in 2024. Thus, paying for your groceries with restaurant vouchers will always be possible throughout of the year 2024.
Victory for the people!
Earlier in the evening, the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Mardi had already said he was “favorable” to an extension of the system beyond of 2023 but had not yet announced anything official, such a measure requiring “a legislative provision”. And to insist:
We are currently studying the legislative possibilities which would make it possible to extend this right of use beyond December 31, 2023. As I speak to you, I do not have the legislative solution. I'm telling you very simply, but I am in favor of this extension.
It didn't take long for the government to announce the good news. The outcry from the French, the opposition and the macro-economic context will have pushed the government to accelerate on the issue.
Bruno Le Maire may well indicate that “Inflation is falling sharply” and that “we have emerged from the inflationary crisis”, he recognizes that “ 8220;the increase in food prices remains very penalizing for millions of our compatriots.
More than 4 million beneficiaries
At the Originally, meal vouchers did not allow you to pay for groceries but were only used (as their name suggests) to buy a meal in a restaurant. In August 2022, their use was extended to all food productswithout distinction between prepared salads, ready meals, sandwiches, fruits and vegetables or dairy products and products that are not directly consumable.
This exceptional system was to end on January 1, 2024 and did not respond to a government decision. Its extension therefore sounds like excellent news for the more than 4 million employees who benefit from it to date.
The 3 things to remember strong>
- The government announced the extension of the system allowing the use of meal vouchers for shopping
- This decision comes following the outcry from the French and the opposition following the announcement of the end of the system
- More than 4 million employees currently benefit from meal vouchers