Public debt rises to 114.5% of GDP in the first quarter

French public debt rose to 114.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) at the end of the first quarter of 2022, against 112.9% at the end of December 2021, reported to INSEE on Friday.

France’s public debt, which has accumulated massively since the health crisis, worsened further by 88.8 billion euros in the first quarter, reaching in absolute value 2,901.8 billion euros, detailed l ‘The national institute of statistics and economic studies.

A sharp rise

This sharp increase is mainly due to the increase in the State debt (+64.8 billion euros), when that of the Social Security administrations compensated by 25.6 billion euros.

On the other hand, the debt of miscellaneous central government bodies fell by €1.3 billion due to SNCF Réseau’s debt reduction.

Finally, that of local public administrations fell by 300 million euros, due to a fall in the indebtedness of municipalities and departments, while the debt of the regions is on the rise.

Promises of Emmanuel Macron

The 1992 European Treaty of Maastricht set a public debt limit for States at 60% of GDP, which France exceeded at the end of 2002, never to go below it again since.

But, since the health crisis, this rule, like that of a public deficit of less than 3% of GDP, has been suspended. At the end of May, this suspension was extended until the end of 2023 due to the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine.

During the presidential campaign, Emmanuel Macron pledged to restore the situation of public finances during his second five-year term, by bringing the public deficit below 3% of GDP by 2027, which could begin to reduce the weight debt.

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