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Sarkozy to cut ministers' spending amid tightened public deficit

06-29-2010 08:15 BJT

PARIS, June 28 (Xinhua) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote Monday to his Prime Minister Francois Fillon on anti-crisis measures, presenting guidelines to cut ministers' spending as part of stricter fiscal management.

Sarkozy said he decided to reduce public cost concerning administrative function, which would not only "cover all political leaders, ministers and state secretaries" but also the state organs and operators at all levels.

In the letter, he called all public servants to takes more responsibility for their own rental housing, rather than mostly rely on public budget as before.

Ministers' trips should be strictly controlled, Sarkozy said, asking ministers to take trains as preferential traveling way and to limit the size of their entourage.

The number of costly ceremonies, receptions or manifestations will be reduced to a minimum, the letter said.

Actually, the French president has decided to cancel this year' s traditional garden party on July 14 at the Elysee Palace.

Regarding French ministers' personnel size, the number of assistants for ministers would be restrained down to a maximum of 20 people, and for State Secretary, the number would be four. For these collaborators, the budgets of payment and trip cost will also be cut by 10 percent.

The allocation for public accommodations and vehicles will diminish as well. Sarkozy said 10,000 vehicles and 7,000 public residences will be removed by 2013.

Finally, Sarkzoy asked for economical working style on all levels. "Air travel will be prohibited from public officials, once there is train connection within three hours" and "by 2012, paper consumption of different administrations will be reduced by half."

France has announced to cut public spending by at least 100 billion euros (124 billion U.S. dollars) over three years.

Fillon is expected to publish these instructions in a transparent manner in the coming September, the letter said.

"The State must be exemplary and engine for a new France to emerge from the crisis," Sarkozy underlined in the letter.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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