In March 2020, according to Emmanuel Macron, health had “No price”. His government was ready to mobilize “All financial means” for ” save lives “. And this, “Whatever the cost”. But, the president then forgot to specify that this doctrine had an expiry date, and that rigor would return in the near future. In an interview with Echoes, its Minister of Public Accounts, Olivier Dussopt, did not even wait for the end of the pandemic to sound the death knell: “If 2021 will mark the end of the crisis and the pandemic as everyone hopes, 2021 must also mark the end of“ whatever the cost ”. “ Loud and clear. “It is the French who will pay the debt resulting from this health crisis”, he insisted in an interview with Bourseorama.com, in case any doubt persisted on the intentions of the executive.
Already at the beginning of December, in full second confinement, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, announced the upcoming belt tightening since he “Must repay the debt” widened by the pandemic to reach 120% of gross domestic product. Debt cancellation? Out of the question, answers the government. Increase in taxation for the richest? Not even bother to think about it. After spraying multinationals with unconditional aid, Macronie found its solution for citizens to go to the cash drawer: “Resuming the path of reforms”, that of pensions in the lead, and budget cuts. Welcome to the world before!