At the Élysée, Macron's bloodbath against Le Maire

Emmanuel Macron and Bruno Le Maire at the Elysee on January 19, 2023.
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Information LE FIGARO – The president took direct aim at Percy's boss during a meeting devoted to public finance.

This scene took place on March 20 in a small group at the Élysée. That afternoon, Emmanuel Macron called several meetings dedicated to the state of public accounts, while bad news poured in. The government has had to revise its growth forecasts downwards and is urgently looking for 10 billion euros in savings, while INSEE prepares to formalize a worse-than-expected deficit in 2023.

One of the gatherings around the President brings together the head of government Gabriel Attal and several ministers: Bruno Le Maire (Economy), Gérald Dormanin (Interior), Catherine Vatrin (Labor and Health), Christophe Bechu (Environmental Change). and regional integration) and Thomas Cazeneuve (public accounts). Bruno Le Maire gives a detailed explanation of the situation, recalls the statistics, and acknowledges the risk of deterioration by rating agencies.

Signs of irritation

The conversation turns to the reasons for the fall in tax revenue and savings…

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