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France to cut spending by another 10m euros


France to cut spending by another 10m euros


The French Budget Minister Francois Baroin has presented plans for an additional 10 billion euros in savings over three years on top of 100 billion already announced.

He told the cabinet of 150 measures, including one out of every two civil servants who retire not being replaced, to save three billion euros.

There will also be a 10 percent reduction in government running costs and the finance ministry will oversee streamlining and centralising of administrative purchases.

A decision will be made in August on another 10 billion euros worth of savings from reducing or eliminating tax exemptions.

As the cuts were announced, France lifted its forecasts of how deep its debt is.

Public debt at the end of the first quarter was more than 80 percent of GDP because of increased spending to stimulate the French economy.

The latest budget ministry forecasts have France’s public debt rising to 83.7 percent of GDP in 2010 before climbing to 86.5 percent in 2011, 87.5 percent in 2012 and 87 percent in 2013.

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