Energy prices have been rising sharply around the world over the last few months, adding to inflationary pressures. Last year's cold winter in Europe put pressure on supplies and, as a result, stored gas levels are much lower than normal.
On Saturday (October 2), France's 'yellow vests' protesters, whose movement started in November 2018 due to a rise in petrol prices, took to the streets in Paris for their weekly demonstration. Protests for the past months have been centred on the COVID health pass, but many also carried banners criticising the rising energy bills.
France will move to ease the cost of rising prices for consumers by blocking further natural gas price hikes and by preventing a planned increase in electricity tariffs scheduled in February, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday (September 30).
Castex added that petrol will not be included on that list, saying the situation was "different".
Drivers have been complaining that prices are reaching the 2 euro per litre mark, and putting pressure on their living costs.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said earlier this week he expected rising energy prices to last for a "few more months."