Civil service: the Court of Auditors’ avenues for taking advantage of telework

Posted Nov 27, 2022, 10:00 AM

Introduced in theory in 2012 by the so-called Sauvadet law but which actually came into force in 2015, teleworking has long remained marginal in the public service. The Covid epidemic changed the situation and on July 13, 2021, at the end of the crisis, an agreement was signed with the unions of civil servants requiring employers to negotiate or renegotiate their remote working arrangements, which can go up to three days.

The change in scale is obvious, confirms a statistical study on 2021 just published by the Ministry of the Public Service. It figures at 19% the share of civil servants who telework, excluding teachers. Or 3 points less than in the private sector. However, this proportion covers very different situations depending on the public functions, linked to the specificities of the professions exercised with a rate of only 4% in hospitals, 16% in local authorities and 37% within the State.

Reduce office surfaces

The result of a “very proactive acceleration”, this boom “constitutes a strategic and operational challenge for public employers both in material terms and from a managerial point of view”, notes the Court of Auditors in the report that it has just to publish on telework in the public service. It asks public employers to take a “systemic approach” to draw all the consequences in terms of operation where telework has been massified.

She emphasizes “the significant budgetary effort [fourni] to provide their agents with mobile equipment and departments with audio and video conferencing solutions” in particular. Equipment that was sorely lacking at the start of the Covid epidemic, knowing that it still remains to “complete the IT infrastructure.

But she insists on the need to draw the consequences on property charges with a reduction in office space as the private sector has done. The Court of Auditors also warns of the need to “ensure the productivity of telework and the effectiveness of the methods of controlling agents” remotely.

“Expand the range of contact with users”

But she also sees in telework “an opportunity to be seized to improve and renovate the public supply of services to users” and identifies two ways to do so. The first is to use it to “broaden the contact ranges of users with the administration, which responds to a strong demand from the latter”. The second is to “develop a contact offer by videoconference, which would then become a fourth channel of contact with the user”. This would, the Court believes, limit the “effects sometimes denounced of the dematerialization of procedures”.

This would mean a development of teleworking among agents in contact with the public. For the time being, as in the private sector, executives and higher intellectual professions constitute the majority of teleworkers: 44% of them telework throughout the public service (and even 58% in that of the State). not including teachers).

Intermediate professions are half as numerous (22% on average) and workers and employees even further behind since only 7% of them telecommute. And the proportion of teleworking agents is twice as low in sparsely populated municipalities as in the Paris conurbation.

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BeIN Sports to the challenge of a World Cup at home

It is a fiercely guarded fortress in the heart of Doha, where you have to show your credentials several times to armed guards to hope to enter. On the welcome screens, before entering one of the nine television studios and the control rooms spread over ten square kilometres, a slogan sums up the Qatari vision of the Football World Cup: “One world, one home” (one world, one house). Welcome to BeIN Media Group, a Qatari group of international media headed by the boss of PSG Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and parent company of BeIN Series, BeIN Movie, BeIN Gourmet… and therefore of BeIN Sports, where this world of excess is experienced as a real test.

“Our pride is at stake”

“We have experience, this is the third football World Cup that we have covered since our creation. But for this one, expectations are higher, recognizes Jassim al-Muftah, communications director of BeIN Group. Our pride as Qataris is at stake.”

Having become in a few years an epicenter of sports television broadcasting, BeIN broadcasts in around forty countries spread over five continents, and in seven different languages. In France alone, where it was launched in 2012, the paid package holds the exclusivity of 36 of the 64 World Cup matches. Since November 20, around a hundred French journalists and technicians out of the 300 from BeIN France have also joined the Qatari studios to broadcast from Doha. “We know that not everyone can come to Qatar to see the matches, so the pressure from the audience is enormous”adds Jassim al-Muftah, crossing one of the 800 square meter studios, changed from the colors of the Champions League to those of the World Cup in a few days.

A very political world

In Doha, the BeIN empire adjoins the other jewel of the soft-power Qatari, Al-Jazeera. The two groups are intimately linked: BeIN Médias is an offshoot of Al-Jazira Sports, created in 2003 and renamed a few months later. Despite these organic links, Al-Jazeera has little more broadcasting privileges than a traditional channel. Business is business.

Unlike its generalist elder, often accused of being the voice of Qatari power abroad, BeIN Sports wants to be apolitical. What if a player speaks out about human rights on air? “We will see on a case-by-case basis.answers Duncan Walkinshaw, director of programs for the Middle East and North Africa. “But I’ve been here for 12 years and nobody ever told me not to show this or that, assures this former Sky News. We cover football and how sport brings everyone together. »

fear of piracy

In addition to the image challenge, after the multiple criticisms suffered by Fifa and the Supreme World Organizing Committee, the channel which claims to have more than 55 million subscribers worldwide, especially fears piracy and cyberattacks during the competition. In France alone, some 4 million people watch it illegally. “The biggest threat to our industry is data theft and hacking, admits Duncan Walkinshaw. We are pioneers in the fight against attacks of this type, the group has made enormous investments to protect copyright. » The channel remembers the annoying precedent “beoutQ”, the ironic name of the Saudi pirate media which had hacked and broadcast all BeIN programs in clear, between August 2017 and August 2018, and therefore during the Football World Cup in Russia , in the midst of the Gulf crisis between Qatar and its neighbors.

Past the stress of competition – “rather a surge of adrenaline”, corrects Jassim al-Muftah – BeIN is planning for the post-World Cup. The group is eyeing new rights to acquire, which is already the largest buyer on the planet, with a portfolio valued between 10 to 15 billion dollars. After the broadcasting rights for European football championships such as the German Bundesliga until 2025, the Spanish Liga until 2024, the group is positioning itself on the broadcasting of major international competitions, particularly women’s. “We have the largest portfolio of rights in women’s sports leagues and we continue to acquire them,” slips Duncan Walkinshaw. The issue of the image is never far away for a media that hopes ” present Qatar as a model”.



The Blues first qualified in the round of 16

Always, if possible, maintain good habits. For the third consecutive time, Didier Deschamps can be satisfied with a qualification in the round of 16 of the World Cup after the first two games of the competition. His Blues did the job on Saturday November 26 by beating Denmark (2-1), imitating their elders from 2014 and 2018.

They had been brilliant in 2014 in Brazil, going 3-0 in Honduras, and battering the Swiss 5-2. The adventure ended in the quarter-finals against Germany (1-0). They had provided the essentials in 2018 in Russia, with a laborious 2-1 against Australia and a minimum 1-0 against Peru. And the story ended on top of the world. What continuation can tell the double evolution of the Blues of Qatar, convincing vis-a-vis Australia (4-1), but serene intermittently vis-a-vis the Scandinavians?

Satisfaction in defense and midfield

It is not impossible that the Blues have in any case found a typical team. The newcomers from the start, Raphaël Varane back from injury and Jules Koundé compensating for the defensive flaws of Benjamin Pavard, have removed doubts about the form of one and the placement of the other. Raphaël Varane especially entered the competition perfectly, and it is a comfort as the Blues have so far lost many soldiers let down by their physique.

Throughout the first half, this formation in any case proved to be in place, well in its fragile certainties. Rather dominating, the Blues multiplied the chances, without however ever finding the net. But after 45 minutes, they seemed to dominate their subject, with real satisfaction on the side of Ousmane Dembélé, twirling on his right wing without neglecting his defensive folds, and Antoine Griezmann, in the oven and at the mill like he often knows how to do it, but less prominent lately.

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A very united group

The general feeling of a quiet strength, finally lacked only the validation of the score, stubbornly blocked at 0-0. The downside could also come from Kylian Mbappé, a tone below compared to the overall score. Except that a sleeping Kylian can always wake up. It is characteristic of giant players. The second half will therefore be that of his double, including a spectacular second goal from the thigh on a cross from Antoine Griezmann. Between these two goals, however, the Blues floated a little, at least enough to let the character of the Danes express themselves, the Scandinavians offering themselves the luxury of returning to the score on their first shot – a whim – on target.

This second half, less controlled, somewhat limits the enthusiasm. But if the Blues had a number of questions about the midfielder, deprived of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, the two performances performed by the triplet Antoine Griezmann, Adrien Rabiot and Aurélien Tchouameni, the last two discovering the World Cup for the first times, give rather satisfaction.

The team, above all, displays a beautiful unity and a communicative spirit. Welded, perhaps, by his misfortunes (the defections), and finding this balance sought in vain during the last Euro. It is a curious paradox. The absent are always wrong ? Maybe. This group is strong, solid, and wants to do great things.” commented after the meeting a Didier Deschamps who will be able to afford to rotate his workforce Wednesday, November 30 against Tunisia (at 4 p.m.). From his reactions to the two goals of his star striker, we can probably deduce that he is relieved. He is not the only one.

World Cup 2022: France qualified, Poland wakes up… the matches of Saturday November 26



Food aid: associations sound the alarm

Posted Nov 22, 2022, 6:29 PMUpdated Nov 22, 2022, 6:49 PM

Although accustomed to crises, food aid associations are worried about an increase in needs against a background of inflation. “Food banks have seen an increase in the number of people using food aid since the beginning of the year,” warns Laurence Champier, the federal director of the French Federation of Food Banks.

The organization, which at the end of this week is carrying out a national collection of donations, saw the number of its beneficiaries increase by 9% in the first half compared to the end of last year. At the end of this year, it estimates that it will have supported “between 10 and 12%” more people than in 2021, the year when it had already supported 2.2 million people.

10 million euros for students

“There is an increase in food prices and energy costs. This puts people in a precarious situation who were perhaps at the limit [NDLR : en termes de budget] “, continues Laurence Champier. “There are more people and people are also coming more. »

His alert echoes that launched in recent days by the association “Les Restos du Coeur”. “We have seen a 12% increase in people registered and welcomed since last April,” said his boss, Patrice Douret in “Le Parisien”. And this one to evoke “a situation that we have never known”.

The associations themselves have to deal with an increase in the cost of their purchases. Faced with this worrying situation, the government announced in early November the creation of a “sustainable food aid fund” of 60 million euros in 2023. On Tuesday, it said it would release an envelope of 10 million euros for student food aid. Aid representing “the equivalent of at least 300,000 food parcels allowing a student to eat for a week”, assures the executive.

“The poorest of the poor”

According to INSEE, between 2 and 4 million people used food aid in 2021. The profiles of the beneficiaries vary according to the type of aid provided. Slightly more than 70% of the people helped turned to the distribution of parcels and 30% to social groceries providing very low prices. Still according to INSEE, 70% of the beneficiaries of social parcels and groceries are women, nearly 40% of whom raise one or more children alone.

Most food aid recipients live in ordinary accommodation (86%) and receive other forms of assistance, including social benefits. The beneficiaries are often “the poorest of the poor”, summarizes INSEE, with a standard of living of 637 euros per month on average, for those living in their homes or with relatives.

The institute also points out that almost half of the people who have recourse to food aid are immigrants.

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World Cup 2022: France qualified, Poland wakes up… the matches of Saturday November 26

► France slips into eighth, Denmark at its worst

In a close match, the Blues of Didier Deschamps managed to win 2 goals to 1 against the rough Danes. Kylian Mbappé concluded a great collective action to give the advantage to France (61st), before Denmark equalized seven minutes later, through Andreas Christensen (68th). Salvation came at the end of the match, by the inevitable Mbappé who scored twice and his third goal in the world (86th).

Thanks to this victory, France qualifies directly for the round of 16, even before the meeting against Tunisia, Wednesday 30. With one point, Denmark is in bad shape and will inevitably have to win against the Australian to hope to see the rest of the competition.

► Australia pulls together

The Socceroos can still dream of a round of 16. After losing to France 4-1, the Australians managed to overcome a moribund Tunisia and now dream of a round of 16.

On a counter, Mitchell Duke victoriously headed a through ball from Craig Goodwin, the man who had scored Australia’s only goal against France. A goal that did not really wake up the Tunisians, certainly present in the physical engagement, but long devoid of inspiration when they recovered the ball. It took until the 38th minute to see the first interesting action of the Carthage Eagles, when their captain Youssef Msakni tried to infiltrate the opposing defense, in vain.

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Tunisia, who came back in the second half with the best intentions, lacked efficiency in front of goal and could not improve their handicap by one goal. Now she is on the verge of elimination from the World Cup after this defeat. It will imperatively have to win against France on Wednesday 30, to hope for a qualification.

► Poland and Lewandowski wake up against Saudi Arabia (2-0)

Robert Lewandowski’s Poland, finally scoring in a World Cup, took a step towards qualification by beating Saudi Arabia 2-0, which failed to repeat its feat against Argentina.

Held in check by the Mexicans at the opening (0-0), the Poles won thanks to Piotr Zielinski (39th) and the first goal of their star Robert Lewandowski (82nd). Mute in four World Cup matches (three in 2018 and one in 2022), the FC Barcelona striker has finally freed himself from a weight.

► Argentina – Mexico

For the last game of the day, Lionel Messi’s Argentina is condemned to victory against the Mexicans. After their big disappointment in their first match against Saudi Arabia, the Albiceleste must collect their first points against Mexico to hope to see the round of 16.

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Facing them, the Mexicans also need points. With a draw obtained against Poland in the first match, they will be keen to eliminate Argentina to hope, too, to reach the next round.



Security budget: Borne draws a sixth 49-3 against a backdrop of tensions in the Assembly

Posted Nov 26, 2022, 8:20 AM

And six. After the rejection of a motion of censure LFI on Friday, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne drew the constitutional weapon of 49-3 for the sixth time.

“We cannot start the same discussions forever,” argued Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, engaging the government’s responsibility for the expenditure side of the Social Security budget, in a new reading.

Rejection of the motion of censure LFI

Just before, the Assembly had largely rejected a motion of censure LFI on the revenue part. It collected only 85 supporters – rebellious, communists and ecologists – very far from the 289 votes necessary to bring down the government.

But ultimately, the discussions focused less on Social Security and its budget than on the atmosphere of tension that has reigned in the National Assembly for 24 hours. Thursday evening, during the examination of an LFI bill, the names of birds rocketed in the hemicycle, until a “You’re going to close it” launched by the elected Guadeloupean Olivier Serva (Liot) at the Renaissance group.

The oppositions denounce the attitude of the macronists

By suspending sessions and amendments, the presidential camp exasperated the opposition by preventing the vote on an unsubdued text in favor of the reintegration of caregivers not vaccinated against Covid-19. Friday evening, the LFI Caroline Fiat pounded “the inadmissible image of the government yesterday” and Minister Olivier Véran “bragging as usual”. She blamed the Macronists for their “hundreds of ridiculous sub-amendments” to slow down the debates.

LR Yannick Neuder in turn denounced the “chaotic situation last night”, saying he was “dismayed by the behavior of the majority and the government” and his “little game of obstruction”, a “denial of democracy” . And the ecologist Sophie Taillé-Polian castigated the “liquidation of Parliament before closing”.

Elisabeth Borne first played the appeasement by calling not to “switch into role-playing games, even fights”. Then she went to the front against the “delaying maneuvers” of LFI which withdrew several texts to discuss its proposal on caregivers. “You do not appreciate that the majority masters the rules of procedure of your Assembly as well as you do,” she told the opposition.

In the end, throughout the day, the presidential camp and the opposition passed responsibility for the invectives exchanged the day before, and the debate on the Social Security budget was therefore relegated to the background.

The National Assembly had only debated its revenue section for three hours. She had voted on the government’s proposal for an additional envelope of 543 million euros for the hospital in 2022, due to “additional costs linked to Covid”. They are in addition to some 570 million euros for the hospital presented to the Senate at first reading, in particular to “deal with the early epidemic of bronchiolitis”, had specified the Minister of Health François Braun.

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How ski resorts are coping with the energy crisis

Slowing down the speed of chairlifts, training device pilots in eco-driving, increasing the price of ski passes, etc. “These are the choices we had to make to try to offset, in part, the rise in energy prices! »confides Didier Bobillier, president of the Company of ski lifts of the areas of Les Ménuires-Saint-Martin-de-Belleville (Savoie).

After two years marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, ski resorts are in turn faced with the new equation: soaring electricity prices, which represent between 3 and 5% of their expenses, mainly for operation. chairlifts, gondolas, drag lifts and the production of artificial snow. The megawatt-hour produced has gone from €50 in 2019 to nearly €550 at the end of 2022.

Increase in reservations

While the ski season is about to be launched – Val Thorens (Savoie) opens the ball on Saturday November 26 – the resorts remain confident: despite inflation, they have recorded a 7% increase in reservations to date compared to last year, and prices stabilized when some had to renew their electricity contracts (the MWh had reached €1,000 in August before falling again).

“The domains are therefore finally guaranteed to be able to open, explains Laurent Reynaud, general delegate of Domaines skiables de France. But the objective of sobriety set by the government and the need to absorb a bill that promises to be particularly high require everyone to put in place an adaptation strategy. »

Chairlifts in slow motion

The majority of resorts have opted to slow down the ski lifts, by training drivers or using new automatic systems. “The objective is to save money without altering the customer’s experience: this corresponds, for example, to an additional minute on a journey of 7 or 8 minutes”, says Didier Bobillier.

A choice to which is added a series of efforts declined by the resorts: work on the cabins of the professionals at the bottom of the slopes, where better insulation can be installed, a set of sensors cutting off the heating when the door is open, de-icing systems to optimize device performance, on-site renewable energy production, etc. “Some of these measures were included in the base of eco-commitments put in place several years ago, recalls Laurent Reynaud, but we must accelerate them to achieve at least a 10% reduction in our consumption. »

Increase in package prices

Other strategies will probably be more noticeable to tourists, in the midst of inflation, such as the increase in the price of ski passes: in the 3 Valleys area, the increase is around 9%, bringing the price of a day of skiing , for a single adult, at €72, Val Thorens offering €63, and Les Ménuires €58. “But it’s much less than imagined and it concerns only a few areas, because the majority voted their tariffs earlier in the year, indexing them only to inflation”would like to remind Jean-Luc Boch, President of the National Association of Mayors of Mountain Resorts and Mayor of La Plagne.

In the Pyrenees, the more fragile areas have opted for a reduction in services: in Puigmal, the ski lifts will remain shut down on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, outside school holidays. The Peyragudes resort is shortening its season: it will close from March 26, 2023, instead of the beginning of April.

“There is still a gap to be filled”

Will the situation be further aggravated by weather conditions? The first snowflakes, which fell in small quantities, have melted due to the return of mild weather, which has forced Val Thorens to postpone its opening and the cold and dry winter that is coming could not be favorable for good snow cover.

However, the production of artificial snow is also a high item of energy expenditure. Resorts prefer to see it as another optimization lever, thanks to snow groomers equipped with GPS or snow depth sensors, as in Les Orres, and the renewal of equipment to reduce air consumption, and therefore energy.

Stations will lose money

Jean-Luc Bloch, who recalls that local authorities also do their share of the work on consumption, estimates that 30% of stations are not really secure: “They will open in satisfactory conditions for tourists, but they will lose money. » And Laurent Reynaud to complete: “We can see more clearly than at the end of the summer and we can already say that the objective of sobriety will be achieved, but there is still a gap to be filled: we are waiting for the government to decide on specific support for struggling ski resorts. »


The French ski area

France has 320 stationsor sitesalpine and nordic skiing. They are spread over seven mountain ranges: Northern Alps, Southern Alps, Massif Central, Vosges, Jura, Pyrenees, Corsica.

the turnover in 2021-2022 for the top 100 French ski resorts amounted to 1.6 billion euros, according to the magazine’s annual survey Mountain Leaders.

9% of the French population goes downhill skiing, snowboarding or ski touring every winter. The French Ski Federation has 106,000 members.



Employment: manufacturers expect a less painful ecological transition than anticipated

Posted Nov 24, 2022 11:10 AMUpdated Nov. 24, 2022, 11:59 a.m.

The myth of the ecological transition that will knock down industrial jobs and impose a painful change in skills may have died. The majority of forecasters anticipate the need for a massive effort of professional retraining to adapt the made in France to the green industry. The best example? Workers specializing in thermal car engines: overtaken by the electric wave, they will have to relearn everything, or almost.

A very comprehensive study on the subject sheds much more nuanced light. Produced by the observatory of Opco 2i, the joint body responsible for training and work-study programs for 32 professional branches of industry, it certainly does not call into question the consequences of the transition on the activity of companies, forced to reduce their carbon footprint in all directions. “They did not wait,” recalls the head of the observatory, Fabien Boisbras.

Very few obsolete professions

As for those who work in factories, on the other hand, we are far from the big night, at least on the horizon of the study which is 2025. Unlike another transition, digital this one there, very few new professions are to be expected on an inter-industrial scale. Rather an evolution of the skills attached to current professions, and still not all. What’s more, a very limited number of professions will become obsolete.

“The ecological transition will have no impact on the business gesture of production. However, operators must be made aware of the issue, as we have done with safety,” reads one of the many testimonials from employers, which sums up the general feeling well.

For Fabien Boisbras, two reasons explain the disconnection between what is announced by forecasters or politicians and what is anticipated by manufacturers. First, a job can be new to a company when it exists elsewhere. Secondly, the amalgam that is made between profession and associated skills. “The skills mobilized can evolve without the job changing at all,” he says.

Green energy buyer

Among the eight major job families identified by the observatory, two are the most affected: purchasing and engineering/R&D. Between 50% and 70% of the associated macro-skills (scientific knowledge, for example) must be reinforced, or even lead to specializations, in the purchase of green energy for example.

Three other families will be affected to a lesser extent, up to 40% of their macro-skills: logistics/waste/safety/quality, business and technical-commercial engineering, method and industrialization. Two, finally, will be relatively less (10% to 30%), installation-maintenance and manufacturing.

All professions concerned, five macro-skills to be strengthened stand out because they concern a very high number of employees in industry. It includes, for example, knowledge in terms of quality, health, safety and the environment to control hydrogen. This will also be the case for six other macro-skills but which concern fewer people (mastery of environmental standards, etc.) and ten even less widespread (optimization of consumption, etc.).

Formation: the fog

To take the example of heat engines, if foundries are suffering, continues Fabien Boisbras, it is because orders for mechanical parts in the automobile industry have decreased. “Their market is changing. However, there will always be a need for moulders-corers to manufacture mechanical parts for other markets, with higher added value, in offshore wind power for example”, he assures us.

In this context, companies know that they will have to activate the lever of continuing education (which itself must green its content at a forced march), but are moving forward a little in the fog. “Rapid technological and regulatory developments, the systemic nature of the transition complicates the identification of training needs”, observes the Opco 2i Observatory.

Last conclusion which also calls into question a certain form of pessimism: the ecological transition will go hand in hand with an increase in the workforce in industry. This will especially be the case for engineers, researchers, supervisors or senior technicians. The attractiveness of these qualified profiles will benefit from this, provided that the branches make this known to young people. The situation looks less favorable for employees or operators.


Olympic Games 2024: the budget will inflate by 10%, half due to inflation

The organizers of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games began to announce the color on Tuesday November 22: the budget will swell by 10%, half of which is due to inflation, even if, three weeks from a crucial board of directors who will validate expenses and income, they did not go into detail.

From 4 billion euros, the budget of the Organizing Committee (Cojo) – entirely private – could therefore increase to 4.4 billion euros by the end of the year. Of these additional 400 million euros, half is due to inflation. What Cojo President Tony Estanguet describes as “controlled budget”.

In 2019, the envelope was 3.8 billion euros. It rose to 3.9 billion during the last budget revision, then has been close to 4 billion since 2021.

The overall bill could stand at 8.7 billion euros

The other major operator of the Olympic Games, which is partially financed by public money (State and local authorities), is Solideo, the company that delivers Olympic works, responsible for building the Olympic village, for example. Its budget of 4.3 billion euros, including 1.87 billion of public money, was also affected by the wave of inflation born from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In total, at the end of the year, the overall bill for the Paris Olympics could therefore stand at 8.7 billion euros, against 6.8 billion projected in 2019.

Three weeks before the end of this budget revision, planned for a long time but which has taken on the appearance of a headache because of inflation, the Cojo says it has carried out a “ant work”, notably alongside the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The line dedicated to cybersecurity will also increase

On the expenditure side, excluding inflation, the unprecedented opening ceremony on the Seine will cost more than a ceremony at the Stade de France. Asked if the budget line devoted to security would increase, the Cojo replied “yes”.

The line dedicated to cybersecurity, which is of the highest concern to state services, will also increase. Among the increased expenses, the Cojo also encountered “some topics in terms of energy” or had to face “poorly anticipated costs” such as not having provided for the cost of the reclassification leave to which its employees will be entitled.

Find additional recipes

To compensate for the increase in expenditure, it is necessary to find additional revenue. The Games have three main sources of funding: a contribution paid by the IOC, ticketing revenue and sponsors. There will be “additional ticketing revenue”announced the Cojo.

On the sponsor side, the Cojo indicated that it had reached its target of 80% of the 1.1 billion euros it had set for the end of 2022, thanks in particular to the signing of secondary sponsors who were not yet revealed.

But he will also have to draw on his contingency reserve (315 million euros). He did not specify how high, except that he wants the “maintain at a significant level” and not to siphon everything off twenty months before the Olympics.

Another novelty, the State, according to the chief of staff of the Minister of Sports and the Olympic Games, “look for tracks”, “in terms of general interest and privileged policies” which could lead it to bear the costs, but nothing has been decided yet. Last week, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, had assured that there would be “no slippage in large widths” of the Paris 2024 Olympics budget.



Training the unemployed: a lot more money for low efficiency

Posted Nov 25, 2022, 7:30 AMUpdated Nov. 25, 2022, 9:33 a.m.

France has never devoted so much money to the training of the unemployed: more than twice as much as the average of the countries of the European Union. This is one of the highlights of the third evaluation report, published Thursday, of the skills investment plan (PIC), the 15 billion euro scheme launched at the start of Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term to five years.

Specifically, more than 1 million training courses were initiated in 2021, all public funders combined, i.e. 231,000 more than in 2018, the first year of application of the plan. This is without counting the 610,000 training courses financed via the personal training account (CPF) of job seekers independently, that is to say without the participation of Pôle emploi. To the point of “creating a blur” with the PIC, pointed out, as already last year, the chairman of the committee, Marc Gurgand, also a professor at the Paris School of Economics.