Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
84 - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

15,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 June 2006
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2007
Foreseen end date
31 December 2007


The French government has announced that in 2007 the public administration (almost 1.6 million civil servants) is planning to cut down 15,000 jobs. The Prime minister has sent a letter to all the ministers. The French government would like to reduce the public expenditure and to meet the European pact (with the limits: 3% of public deficit, ...). The trade unions and the left-wing (Labour) parties are opposed to the measure. They denounce a 'degradation' or a 'demolition' of the universal public services, blaming the government for turning to 'accounting' reasons. In schools and in universities 8,700 jobs may disappear. The ministry for the economy would be the second most affected ministry (nearly 3,000 jobs lost).


  • 14 June 2006: Le Monde
  • 13 June 2006: Les Echos
  • 13 June 2006: La Tribune
  • 12 June 2006: La Tribune


Eurofound (2006), French state (Administration), Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 63620, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63620.