By Denna Bowman
The French government has told motorists to make sure their tyre are properly inflated and to cut their speed after ruling out a reduction in fuel taxes.
Finance Minister Christine Lagarde rejected opposition calls for fuel subsidies in order to help reduce its budget deficit.
Instead she had a stark message for motorists delivered on France Info radio: “Firstly, you must pay close attention to your tyre pressure, secondly reduce your speed a little bit, thirdly avoid driving in a stop-start manner.”
She also urged drivers to buy fuel more shrewdly and turn their engines off if they get stuck in traffic for more than 20 seconds.
The government estimates motorists can reduce their fuel consumption by around 2.4 percent by increasing tyre pressure.
The head of France’s national federation of road transporters, Jean-Paul Deneuville, warned this week that higher prices were costing his sector hundreds of millions of euros.