Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

World

French premier vows to cut $29 billion in pensions, health and social care by 2017

  • France Economy-1.jpg

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivers a statement while Finance minister Michel Sapin, right, after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Valls provided details of the government's plan to reduce public spending by 50 billion euros ($ 69 billion) and reiterated that France would honor its European commitments on deficit reduction. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool) (The Associated Press)

  • France Economy-2.jpg

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivers a statement after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Valls provided details of the government's plan to reduce public spending by 50 billion euros ($ 69 billion) and reiterated that France would honor its European commitments on deficit reduction. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool) (The Associated Press)

France's prime minister has announced plans to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from pensions, social care and health care as a part of a 50-billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.

Manuel Valls on Wednesday detailed the government plan to cut 10 billion euros from health care and 11 billion euros from pensions and social care by 2017, though he vowed to maintain the benefits for those with the lowest incomes.

The central government will have its spending cut by 18 billion euros, while local councils will see cuts worth 10 billion euros.

France's public spending accounts for about 57 percent of gross domestic product, one of the highest levels in the world.