PARIS (Reuters) - The economy minister announced that he would ask the oil companies to lower fuel prices at the pump.
Asked about France 2, Thierry Breton did not exclude an exceptional tax on their profits, if they do not behave as "corporate citizens".
He said it would gather on Friday 16 September in Bercy "all players in the oil sector", which are currently generating record results thanks to soaring oil prices.
"I told them that I expected concrete and tangible proposals from them, because the situation requires it," said the minister, who pointed out that the price per barrel had "almost doubled in one year".
"We will ask them to behave as corporate citizens," he added. "For example we can consider that they practice lower prices at the pump, that is to say, give back to the French (...) part of the exceptional profits corresponding to an exceptional situation. "
Oil companies could also be invited to "invest significantly" in renewable energies or "clean cars" programs.