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David Lisnard, president of the Association of Mayors of France, in Paris, May 17, 2023.

Fairly. The president of the Association of Mayors of France, David Lisnard, proposes to the President of the Republic to resolve, as soon as and for all, the dispute over the funds of native authorities by way of a public debate. In a letter addressed to Emmanuel Macron, Tuesday May 28, the mayor Les Républicains de Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes) justifies his proposal by the necessity to set up “shared findings and diagnoses” and an “good information for citizens”.

The one to whom we attribute a presidential ambition writes, slightly provocatively: “I noted that you were particularly willing to take part in this exercise”evoking the good nationwide debate of 2019, the canceled then improvised one from the Agricultural Show this yr, or “the proposal you made to MP Marine Le Pen”.

“It seems necessary to me to avoid all unnecessary controversies and all misunderstandings”he recommends, after having talked about the phrases of the President of the Republic in an interview given to The Express, May 23. At the flip of a sentence, Mr. Macron declares, in actual fact : “Apart from a drift in initially planned expenditure which is due to local authorities, there is no slippage in State expenditure. »

An “unfair” assertion

It was waving a purple rag in entrance of the noses of native elected officers who had been white-hot on this nagging query of native funds. In a press launch on May 24, their three major associations (Association of Mayors of France, Departments of France, Regions of France) had been irritated: “No, Mr. President of the Republic, local authorities are not responsible for the drift in public finances”they write.

Mr. Macron's assertion is “disloyal”, protest native elected officers, who suspect the pinnacle of state of in search of to shift duty, at their expense, for the slippage in public accounts. In April, the federal government needed to significantly reassess its public deficit forecasts for 2024: 5.1%, in comparison with 4.4% envisaged till now. In the method, he introduced a financial savings plan of 20 billion euros, earlier than an equal effort promised for 2025.

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Local elected officers level out that if their bills enhance, it is because of inflation and rates of interest. The worth of uncooked supplies or vitality has “a direct impact on public transport expenditure and the operation of educational establishments”, they recall. Furthermore, “the executive itself increased local spending by increasing, for example, the remuneration of territorial civil servants responsible for communities, or social allowances” that they pay to residents.

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