Local communities escape 10 billion savings: should we see the Caroline Cayeux effect?

Local communities escape 10 billion savings: should we see the Caroline Cayeux effect?

By Fabrice Alves-Teixeira

Caroline Cayeux, Mayor of Beauvais and Minister Delegate in charge of Local Authorities

In the campaign, the candidate Macron had announced a savings plan of 20 billion to restore public finances. The plan presented in May was to bring half of this sum to local communities, or 10 billion. An umpteenth effort requested from local authorities (municipalities, intermunicipalities) after ten years of reductions in state grants and the introduction of a ceiling on the operating expenses of the largest communities in the country.

In this context, the “promise” of President Macron had been warmly welcomed by local elected officials. In Le FigaroDavid Lisnard, President of the Association of Mayors of France estimated as follows: “Local authorities should not be punctured to finance the expenditure of a State which, on the one hand, is going into debt for its operation, on the other hand, is not reforming itself to find a balanced budget and stem the spiral of his debt”. For the mayors, this saving measure was announced “as an unjustified sanction and generator of budgetary laxity on the part of the State”.

A Caroline Cayeux effect?

But good news for the mayors and presidents of intermunicipalities: the government will abandon this savings project. Traveling to Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis) this Friday, July 8, Christophe Béchu, new Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, announced that the 10 billion effort was no longer relevant.

Good news also for Caroline Cayeux, the mayor of Beauvais who has just been appointed Minister Delegate in charge of Local Authorities: she will not have to explain to her elected comrades that they have to tighten their belts. However, the Minister Delegate was not in the 93 for this announcement, busy hundreds of kilometers away, dispatched to the Gard to show her support for the villages affected by the fires

Should we also see a first success for Caroline Cayeux? If so, not from her alone. The mayors and presidents of communities had welcomed with cautious enthusiasm the appointment to the government of four local elected officials: Christophe Béchu mayor of Angers (Maine-et-Loire), Olivier Klein of Clichy-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis ), Dominique Faure from Saint-Orens-de-Gameville (Haute-Garonne), and therefore Caroline Cayeux. All have been given portfolios related to local authorities. Their voice has undoubtedly already carried within the Borne II government.

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