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the reduction in the number of civil servants on the list of candidates The Republicans

“The hunt for civil servants is on”, Luc Farré annoys. In a press release published Thursday, October 21, the Secretary General of the UNSA-Civil Service deplores the overbidding of the candidates for the nomination of the Republicans (LR) party in terms of the abolition of civil servant posts.

Eric Ciotti led the way by proposing to reduce the number of public officials by 250,000 – out of a total of 5.6 million. Returning to his proposal, Monday, October 18 on LCI, the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes spoke of his experience as former president of the departmental council (between 2008 and 2017) to accredit the idea: in nine years, he said , the number of territorial civil servants rose from 5,100 to 4,300 in the Alpes-Maritimes.

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The goal of Mr. Ciotti, who promises 100 billion euros in savings, is to “Massively reduce public spending”, which today represents 57% of the wealth produced in France, he recalled. This is also the fundamental argument that all LR candidates advance. First evasive about her intentions, Valérie Pécresse finally promised, on October 18 in Opinion, to delete “150,000 positions in the administering administration”. Two days later, she raised the cursor up a notch: ” In reality, she clarified, we will be closer to 200,000 job cuts in a number of administrative management functions and we will have creations in the three crucial missions: educate, protect, care. “

Liberal reflexes

The entrepreneur Denis Payre, also a candidate, has set the target at 620,000, or 120,000 more than what François Fillon envisaged in 2017. Compulsory deductions in France are 140 billion euros higher than what is practiced in the eurozone, explained Mr. Payre on LCI on October 19. In addition, he added, France is in debt each year of 80 billion euros for “Just complete the pay of civil servants: we make our children pay the pay of our civil servants today”. He therefore proposes to make 145 billion euros in savings, as a first step, and this “Translates into a reduction of 620,000 civil servant posts”. Which could be replaced by “Associations or companies that will provide a better quality service at a lower cost”.

The other candidates are more cautious. Like Philippe Juvin, Xavier Bertrand does not advance a quantified objective. “I think that we must reduce the number of civil servants on the occasion of retirements and the end of contracts”, said the president of the Hauts-de-France region on October 20 on Sud Radio, pleading for the ” tailored “. As for Michel Barnier, he rejected the idea of ​​cutting positions, speaking on RTL only of “Redeployments” : “I do not think that we can make the civil servants responsible when the state does not work”, he justified.

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