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Jean Castex promises 750 million euros to the territories

The “whatever the cost” still has nice scraps. The proximity of the presidential deadline does not encourage you to skimp on spending. While the last arbitrations of the finance bill for 2022 are being negotiated, the executive is careful not to open new fronts of discontent, to satisfy pending demands, to come to terms with sectors with which concord has not always been there. Security, farmers, local authorities, so many areas in which he strives not to leave the field open to attacks from oppositions.

As evidenced by the agenda of Emmanuel Macron, speaking on Tuesday, September 7, at the end of the national meeting of the Action coeur de ville program, addressing farmers on Friday during a trip to the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Or, last week, when he spoke in Marseille. Tuesday 14, in the North, on the lands of Xavier Bertrand, he will conclude the Beauvau of security. With the key, each time, ringing and stumbling announcements.

In the wake of the intervention of the President of the Republic at the meetings of Action coeur de ville, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, addressed successively, Friday, September 10, to the congressmen of the Association of the small towns of France (APVF ), gathered in Cenon (Gironde), then with those of urban France, the association bringing together the large cities and their agglomerations, in Nantes. To provide, in a way, after-sales service.

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To the former, he confirmed a contribution of 350 million euros, in 2022, from the local investment support endowment (DSIL), intended in particular to contribute to projects to revitalize city centers in small municipalities. A welcome windfall for small towns, which does not, however, remove concerns about the guarantee of the financial means of local authorities, past the electoral deadlines. “We credit the government for this: since 2017, the overall operating allocation has been stabilized. But, after the tremendous mobilization of the public authorities to face the health crisis, we would not like, after the next eight months, to turn to local communities to ask us to contribute to the effort of a Covid bill. “, warned the president of the APVF, Christophe Bouillon.

“We must salute this gesture”

The second stage of the morning led the Prime Minister, accompanied by the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Jacqueline Gourault, to Nantes, where he was welcomed by the mayor of the city and president of urban France, Johanna Rolland. At the heart of the concerns of metropolises and agglomerations which exercise a function of organizing authority for mobility (AOM), compensation for tariff losses caused by the health crisis and the financing of investment projects of communities in terms of public transport.

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