Paris, finances en danger

LE CERCLE. Quelle mouche a piqué l’Institut Montaigne pour qu’il déclare la situation financière de Paris « globalement favorable » ? L’agence Standard & Poor’s n’a pas hésité à abaisser la note de crédit de la ville de Paris en janvier 2012 de AAA à AA+. En juillet 2013, ce fut au tour de l’ agence Fitch d’annoncer la diminution de son évaluation de AAA à AA+ ?

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Le quasi quadruplement de la dette de Paris entre 2001 et 2014 ne plait pas autant aux agences de notation qu’au think tank de Claude Bébéar. Elles n’ont pas tort. Le détail du fonctionnement de la capitale n’a pas de quoi susciter l’enthousiasme.

Les impôts parisiens ont augmenté de 40 % en 10 ans. Ce matraquage fiscal n’a pourtant pas suffi à couvrir la forte croissance des dépenses de fonctionnement de la ville. Car dans le même temps, la dette de Paris a quasiment quadruplé à 4 milliards d’euros sans amélioration notable de la qualité des services municipaux.

Dès son premier mandat, Bertrand Delanoë a embauché 10 000 agents supplémentaires. Le nombre d’agents de la mairie et du département de Paris atteint aujourd’hui 73 000 selon l’Ifrap. Il dépasse celui des agents du grand Londres (60 000 pour 8 millions d’habitants) ou de l’Union européenne.

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France called off attack on Syria at last minute

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Hours before fighter jets were set to launch, French President Francois Hollande received call from Obama informing him of delay, French magazine reveals.

 

French fighter jets were ready to take-off for an attack in Syria on August 31, but were called off only hours away from launch time, a French weekly magazine has revealed on Sunday.

France’s president, Francois Hollande called off the attack after a call with U.S. President Barack Obama, who decided that same day he would seek approval from Congress before carrying out a military response over chemical weapons use in Syria.

According to the report in Nouvel Observateur, Rafale-class aircraft were prepared to launch as officials laid the groundwork for the attack with the French public. “Everything made us think that D-Day had arrived,” a French official is quoted as saying. “This incredible misunderstanding lasted until the end of the afternoon.”

Hollande was expected to approve the attack, planned for 3 A.M. local time, on Syria’s missile batteries and control and command centers of the country’s unit in charge of chemical weapons.

The only thing still standing in the way was the requisite green light from Obama, but the U.S. president changed his mind after consultation with his advisers.  
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