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

22,900 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
31 July 2007
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2008
Foreseen end date
31 December 2008


François Fillon, the Prime Minister of France, has announced that 22,700 jobs in the French Civil Service are to be cut in 2008. The job cuts will be achieved through not replacing 22,700 staff who are retiring next year. The cuts are part of an attempt by the French Government to trim the projected French budget deficit from 2.4 per cent in 2007 to 2.3 per cent in 2008. The reforms, however, fall substantially short of French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s 2007 Presidential campaign pledge to not replace half of those retiring from the Civil Service and to comprehensively transform the state of the French public finances. The job losses were announced on 31st July 2007. French trade unions and the Socialist party are opposed to the measures. They accuse the Government of degrading the standard of public service provision through the cuts.

September 26th 2007

As of September 26th 2007, the French Government has announced that 22,900 jobs, rather than 22,700, will be cut in the French Civil Service in 2008.


  • 1 August 2007: Le Figaro
  • 31 July 2007: 20 minutes
  • 31 July 2007: AFP
  • 1 August 2007: Libération


Eurofound (2007), Service Public Francais, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 65658, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65658.