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Biden pushes for three-month suspension of gasoline tax

US President Joe Biden has asked Congress to approve a three-month suspension of a federal tax on gasoline, as soaring energy prices weigh on households and businesses. But the 18 cent per gallon tax represents just a fraction of what's paid at the pump – so will it really help? Also in the show – inflation in the UK hits a fresh high of 9.1%, and Haider Rafique, Chief Marketing Officer at OKX, explains the recent crypto crash and how it could change the industry.

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IMF concludes ‘constructive’ bailout talks with Sri Lanka as protests continue

The International Monetary Fund has concluded 'constructive' talks with the government of Sri Lanka over a possible bailout. The island is facing its worst economic crisis on record, and there have been days of protests over food, fuel, and medicine shortages. Also in the show – why France is faring better than its neighbours when it comes to inflation, and a report from France 24's Madrid correspondent Sarah Morris about the Spanish companies suffering from a diplomatic spat with Algeria.

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How a lugworm could help organ transplants

A French biotech firm is hoping that the unique properties of lugworms, which can survive for hours without breathing, could be used to help improve the success rate of organ transplants in humans.

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Hit the road: Citroën CEO on electric car market, supply challenges

Semiconductor shortages will "still be a hurdle" for the car industry throughout the rest of 2022, Citroën CEO Vincent Cobée tells FRANCE 24. But he thinks 2023 could be a turning point. In the last 18 months, the EU has seen a "substantial acceleration" towards electric vehicles – Cobée says the adoption is "quicker than we expected some years ago". Nevertheless, he admits the 2035 target for phasing out petrol and diesel cars is "a very ambitious bet that requires a very substantial amount of investment", including in the charging infrastructure across the bloc.

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