“What happened in Pas-de-Calais is a terrible drama”

“What happened is a terrible drama”, complains the Minister of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal, after the death on Monday of a tax official killed by a junk dealer during a check at his home in the Pas-de-Calais. According to the public prosecutor of Arras, the man may have premeditated his act. The public finance inspector, 43, died of several stab wounds in the back and chest.

Gabriel Attal went to the public finance center in Arras on Tuesday. “This morning I think of the 100,000 public finance officials who wake up this morning and say ‘that could have been me’.. The minister will meet the public finance unions on Wednesday morning. “It’s a job where there can be tension”acknowledges the Minister. “I want to tell agents that their work makes sense.”

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The “safety net” for communities re-evaluated

3,500 Municipalities have benefited from a down payment “the safety net”, announces the Minister of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal. This is one of President Emmanuel Macron’s promises. Lets “pay part of the electricity and food bills, because there is also inflation for canteens, for local communities”, adds the minister. Municipalities will receive between 1,000 euros and three million euros. “We are currently working to triple the amount of this safety net in 2023. We will go from 500 million to 1.5 billion euros”.

Gabriel Attal also promises the reassessment of the global operating grant (DGF) of the municipalities, “It hasn’t happened for 13 years”. It will spend 320 million euros on local authorities, instead of the 210 million initially announced. Of “the show”retorted the president of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) David Lisnard, who sees only a modest recovery, the DGF being only “not indexed to inflation since 2010”.

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The response to the IMF report

“The IMF considers the achievement of our growth targets credible,” said Gabriel Attal, public accounts minister invited to France Inter this Wednesday, while on Monday the International Monetary Fund called on France to tighten its fiscal policy this year. next.

“What the IMF is saying is that we could go faster”, he admits while inviting us to “see what can make us optimistic”, the French economy which “resists” and “runs” better than its European neighbours. “The IMF forecasts us growth of 0.75%, our forecast is 1%. It forecasts a recession in Germany while it forecasts us growth higher than that of the other countries in the euro area”, explains the foreign minister . Public accounts.

Gabriel Attal “assumes going at a pace that makes it possible to restore French public finances” while continuing “to invest in public services”. “We don’t want to cut our public services and raise French taxes. Our trajectory is credible,” he sums up. Gabriel Attal recalls that for two years the executive has been working to reduce public spending. “In 2020 the deficit was 9%, last year it was 6.5%, this year it is 5% and our goal is to return below 3% by 2027”, he adds.

The Minister of Public Accounts says he is “diffident” of “brutal” and “counterproductive” solutions that would make it possible to reduce the deficit more rapidly, as advocated by the IMF. “This is what was attempted during the 2008-2010 crisis. We saw the impact it had, it killed growth, eventually it increased deficits, it increased unemployment and finally the government had to increase taxes, that’s not our wish,” concludes Gabriel Attal.

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