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Planting budgetary time bombs in Africa: the Macron Doctrine En Marche

Daniela Gabor and Ndongo Samba Sylla, in article published by the Groupe d'études géopolitiques take close look at how "paradoxically, the Macron Doctrine - built on a critique of financialisation and privatisation of public goods – co-exists with the French push for the Wall Street Consensus, which promotes a partnership with global investors to financialise development and privatise public goods, particularly in Africa."

Source: Groupe d'Etudes Géopolitiques

An opposition to privatisation of Group ADP

Paris airports operator Groupe ADP is awaiting a vote to allow the government to reduce its 50.6% airport stake in the coming months as part of wider economic reforms. Lawmakers have formed up in opposition to privatisation as the question of a referendum is put on the table.

Source: YouTube

Paris airports operator to invest $6.7 billion in infrastructure

Paris airports operator Groupe ADP is awaiting a vote to allow the government to reduce its 50.6% airport stake in the coming months as part of wider economic reforms. “As well as its stakes in other airports, Groupe ADP operates Air France’s hub and Europe’s second biggest airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle, which handled 72.2 million passengers last year, Paris Orly, with 33.1 million and the smaller business focused Le Bourget airport.”

Source: atwonline.com

Prisoners hold a direct debate with parliamentarians

In a rare encounter, prisoners hold a direct debate with parliamentarians. “They asked questions about the privatization of motorways and airports and questioned the value of these privatizations. They also talked about the wealth tax. One of them had a good thought which surprised me on the relative impoverishment of France while noting that wealth is now being redistributed to other countries like China.” [Midi Libre, 8 March 2019]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

Whether the government should sell its stake in ADP?

Lawmakers vigorously debated whether the government should sell its stake in ADP, the international airport operator, and a special committee gave the green light to move the project forward though criticism remains that the privatization would deprive the state of revenue and gift the revenues to potential private operators such as Vinci.

Source: Le Point

The creeping privatization of the public health sector

Veteran journalist Diana Johnstone, analyzing the recent unrest in France, points to public dissatisfaction with creeping privatization of the public health sector. “A significant and recurring complaint concerned the matter of health care. France has long had the best public health program in the world, but this is being steadily undermined to meet the primary need of capital: profit. In the past few years, there has been a growing government campaign to encourage, and finally to oblige people to subscribe to a “mutuelle,” that is, a private health insurance, ostensibly to fill “the gaps” not covered by France’s universal health coverage. The “gaps” can be the 15% that is not covered for ordinary illnesses (grave illnesses are covered 100%), or for medicines taken off the “covered” list, or for dental work, among other things. The “gaps” to fill keep expanding, along with the cost of subscribing to the mutuelle. In reality, this program, sold to the public as modernizing improvement, is a gradual move toward privatization of health care. It is a sneaky method of opening the whole field of public health to international financial capital investment. This gambit has not fooled ordinary people and is high on the list of complaints by the Gilets Jaunes.”

Source: MintPress News

Closures of post offices and the outsourcing of some of their functions have drawn complaints

Closures of post offices and the outsourcing of some of their functions to “post transfers” in private businesses have drawn complaints. Services like postal banking are gone. “For some people, very angry about what they see as an abandonment of the public postal service, it is a creeping ‘privatization.’” The people of Toulouse Stone Cross neighborhood protested last month against the announced closure of their post office.

Source: ladepeche.fr

The demonstrations against privatization can escalate

The Washington Post looks at how demonstrations against privatization can escalate for possible lessons on the French mass actions. “In March 2017, during the last French presidential campaign, a group of grassroots activists began demonstrating against the sale of the nonprofit Kourou hospital [in French Guiana] to a private operator. They set up roadblocks along the main coastal highway, effectively blocking access to the space center and delaying several satellite launches. The movement quickly picked up steam and expanded to Cayenne, French Guiana's capital, and to Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni to the west. As its support widened among the population, the movement and its leaders broadened the scope of their demands—a local dispute over the privatization of a hospital turned into a tense, month-long protest for better schools, better infrastructure and more state investments to fight poverty, unemployment and crime. In a nutshell, the Guianans demanded equality between their struggling and impoverished country, and the metropole across the ocean.”

Source: peopleoverprof.it

The future of the financially stressed Remiremont public hospital

A public meeting discussed the future of the financially stressed Remiremont public hospital, and the proposed options are dire: “relocation of the pharmacy in Epinal, partially closing the kitchen in Remiremont, increase in the price of meals, paid parking, development of private rooms, privatization of the management of the household. The performance contract advanced by the [regional health agency] LRA has been the target of all the criticism, with supporting figures.”

Source: www.vosgesmatin.fr

The State will keep the last word on the control of Aéroports de Paris

The Minister of Economy and Finance claims that even if foreign capital invests in Aéroports de Paris (ADP), he will not allow foreign control. “The Mayor also stated that he had ‘learned the lessons’ of the privatization of highways in 2006, in which he played a key role as the director of the office of the Prime minister at the time, Dominique de Villepin. The State has a mechanism in place to keep control of the royalties that Airports of Paris, will be paid, he explained.” But on October 4, the National Assembly passed a bill that will allow the state to see “all or part of its shares of the group ex-Aéroports de Paris, which represent nearly 9.5 billion euros.”

Multiple bids lined up for Paris airport operator: sources

Private investment groups are lining up to launch multibillion-euro bids for a stake in the operator of Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, among the first of France’s planned privatizations for 2019. “For now ADP, energy group Engie and lottery monopoly FDJ are the main companies targeted. Three consortiums have been forming, people close to the matter said, identifying the lead player in each as U.S.-based fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), French group Vinci and Australian fund IFM. Milan-listed Atlantia has also been considering taking part in the ADP auction at the helm of a fourth consortium. However, such a plan could be thwarted by this week’s collapse of a motorway bridge in Genoa, which left 38 people dead, bankers and analysts said.”

Source: U.K.