France to slash up to 40,000 civil service jobs

21st June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 21, 2007 (AFP) - France's right-wing government plans to cut up to 40,000 jobs next year from the five-million-strong civil service, Budget Minister Eric Woerth said Thursday.

PARIS, June 21, 2007 (AFP) - France's right-wing government plans to cut up to 40,000 jobs next year from the five-million-strong civil service, Budget Minister Eric Woerth said Thursday.

"In total 70,000 civil servants will retire between now and next year... so about half of them will not be replaced," he told BFM radio. "That means about 30,000, 35,000 or 40,000 (jobs)."

President Nicolas Sarkozy promised during the election campaign this year to replace only half of retiring civil servants in order to help bring down France's huge public debt.

One out of five French people in the labour force works in the public sector, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

State workers enjoy strong job security in a country with high unemployment, currently at 8.2 percent.

Slimming down the civil service by not replacing departing workers is a safer political strategy than resorting to layoffs, which would likely be fiercely resisted by France's trade unions.


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