Eric Zemmour does not dwell on the costing of his “400 proposals”

Eric Zemmour at a meeting in Metz, March 18, 2022.

At the Maison de la chimie, Wednesday March 23, Eric Zemmour presented a semblance of a costing of his “400 proposals”asserting that he was “the real candidate”. He says he can release “65 billion euros in a full year” to finance its ambitions – a figure close to that of Marine Le Pen, who bets on 68.3 billion. But he didn’t get lost in the details, and his budget lacks, if not seriousness, at least arguments.

As he often insists, Eric Zemmour hopes to find 20 billion euros by eliminating social aid for non-European foreigners to finance, among other things, “the reduction of the CSG for low-income workers and retirees”. He did not specify how many people would be affected – only 2.4 million non-European immigrants live in France, according to INSEE. According to the calculations of World according to statistics from social organisations, this would represent a maximum of 6 billion euros for all foreigners, including European citizens, far from the 20 billion announced. The candidate had great difficulty in detailing his calculation. “Your figures are the figures for the media, to say that we don’t spend a lot of money on foreignershe dodged. There is not just that. It’s all the social benefits that must be eliminated, so that lengthens the list. »

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Eric Zemmour, who likes round accounts, still believes that the fight “against waste, non-priority spending and the disorganization of the State” would bring in 15 billion euros, by cutting into everyone’s budget “non-sovereign ministries” and above all culture (3.3 billion in the 2022 finance bill) or contemporary art, by eliminating scholarships for absentee students, half of public development aid (2.5 billion) and the State medical aid (1 billion).

Another fifteen billion would be found through the struggle “against bureaucracy and the additional costs of decentralization”by reducing the number of local elected representatives or local authority allocations. “It’s not just the fight against bureaucracy”, he defended, citing savings on immigration, already taken into account in another chapter. He deferred to a future administrative audit: “What I want is, after the election, to really do a study not by the McKinsey firm, but by our senior officials and the Court of Auditors to see where there is excessive spending. »

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