New French budget minister has eye on reform

30th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 29 (AFP) - New French budget minister Jean-Francois Cope told radio station RTL Monday that he and new finance minister Herve Gaymard would "keep the house in order" by cutting the public deficit, keeping spending under control and by financing reform projects.

PARIS, Nov 29 (AFP) - New French budget minister Jean-Francois Cope told radio station RTL Monday that he and new finance minister Herve Gaymard would "keep the house in order" by cutting the public deficit, keeping spending under control and by financing reform projects.

"Our aim is to keep the house well in order," Cope said. "In other words to keep control of public spending - so that when you decide on a ceiling for spending you don't go beyond it - to reduce deficits because we've made a commitment to do that to our European partners, and to finance reforms."

Cope applauded work done in the last two and a half years on those issues and said the new team would seek to continue the same pace.

Gaymard was revealed as Nicolas Sarkozy's replacement at the finance ministry earlier Monday. Gaymard's job at agriculture went to former budget minister Dominique Bussereau, whom Cope in turn replaced.

© AFP

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