La Libra, Facebook's digital currency, announced for 2021 in reduced format

The launch of Facebook's digital currency, Libra , could take place in 2021. The project may benefit from favorable factors in the global economy, but regulators will have to be convinced first.  Facebook could launch Libra, its digital currency in 2021, we learn from the British media Financial Times, which quotes people close to the process. The product is expected to arrive in a limited version, after the project has met with great aversion from regulators, including in the United States, the country where the headquarters of the social media management company are located. The stakeholder association behind this digital currency project is now planning to launch a single version of Libra that will itself be pegged to the dollar, at the rate of one unit of US currency for each Facebook digital currency . “The other forms of currencies will be deployed at a later stage,” the FT source added. The exact launch date will depend on when the project

The price of surgical masks escapes in extremis to a rise

The new decree also extends the price cap for hydroalcoholic gels intended for personal hygiene. This is one of the challenges of this deconfinement: the price of masks. For the moment, the regulation of the sale prices of hydroalcoholic gels and single-use surgical masks is guaranteed by a decree. A measure that has just been extended until the planned end of the state of health emergency on July 10. The new text was published this Friday, May 22. The measure adopted on May 2 set the maximum price for non-reusable surgical masks at 95 cents per unit for those sold at retail, and at 80 cents if sold wholesale, regardless of their origin and sales channel.
 
The price of surgical masks escapes in extremis to a rise

This provision, which was only valid until May 23, was extended identically until July. It does not concern masks "general public" in fabric. In addition, another decree, which entered into force in early March, regulated the price of hydroalcoholic gels intended for personal hygiene and was to apply until May 31.

The new decree published on Friday extends this framework until the end of the state of emergency, with adjusted ceilings, limiting the price of a 100 ml bottle to 2.64 euros (against a maximum of 3 euros previously). The 50 ml bottles are capped at 1.76 euros per bottle and those of 300 ml at 4.40 euros.




"At the same time, the DGCCRF (Directorate General for the Repression of Fraud) is continuing its checks to check the quality of the masks and make price statements," Secretary of State for the Economy Agnès Pannier-Runacher tweeted on Friday. The National Assembly had also voted in mid-April a drop in VAT, from 20% to 5.5%, on masks and hydroalcoholic gel, to make them more accessible during the coronavirus crisis.