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The Minister for Public Accounts Thomas Cazenave and the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, in Paris, February 21, 2024.

The announcement by the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, to chop 10 billion in financial savings from the state funds, adopted by the publication of a decree revealed in Official newspaper Thursday February 22, highlights the divisions that are more and more weakening the federal government coalition within the National Assembly.

As is commonly the case, the primary to precise their disagreement are the 4 elected representatives from Renaissance, Cécile Rilhac (Val-d'Oise), Mireille Clapot (Drôme), Ingrid Dordain (Somme) and Stella Dupont (Maine-et-Loire), united below the banner of the micro-party In frequent! Friday February 22, they revealed a press launch during which they “partially regret the choices made in terms of reducing our expenses”.

Among their grievances, the financial savings made when it comes to incapacity and dependency coverage, described as“unacceptable”or the flat-rate participation of staff within the financing of the private coaching account, a measure which is able to “ against our project of emancipation through work and training”. The deputies additionally ask to “preserve national education from any budget cuts” and to take care of the preliminary funds allotted to ecological planning, “a significant but absolutely necessary investment. »

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Bruno Le Maire's savings plan officially attracts the support of MoDem deputies, members of the government coalition with Horizons and Renaissance. “The headlong rush cannot work, says the deputy for Haut-Rhin, Bruno Fuchs. We cannot say that we can always go into debt. » But, behind the scenes, criticism arose among the executives gathered in the executive office on Tuesday February 20.

Don't break with dogma

The Christian Democratic party and their president, François Bayrou, have made the reduction of public finance debt one of their political markers. But, according to them, rigor cannot be achieved by fueling an anxiety-provoking climate, with cuts in sectors as strategic as higher education or ecology, nor by refusing to put new recipes on the agenda. taxes, particularly on the richest.

However, Bruno Le Maire firmly rejected the hypothesis of any new tax during a videoconference meeting with the majority deputies, a few hours before his appearance on “8 p.m.” on TF1, Sunday February 18. On the pretext that this may quantity to breaking with one of many dogmas of the Head of State's coverage since his first marketing campaign in 2017.

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