June 18, 2021

In Paris, Anne Hidalgo forced to sort through her investment projects

The meetings are linked, more and more sensitive. The Parisian elected officials parade in the office of the financial assistant Paul Simondon, that of the first deputy Emmanuel Grégoire, sometimes that, immense, of the mayor, Anne Hidalgo. One defends the health center he has promised in his district, the other his media library, a third pleads for housing, a park or cycle paths. On leaving, everyone wonders. “What’s going to come out of the hat?” “, wonders Philippe Goujon, the mayor (Les Républicains) of thee arrondissement. “We are all waiting for the white smoke”, confirms an assistant.

The suspense shouldn’t last any longer. After several postponements, the mandate’s investment program – the PIM, in internal jargon – is ” being finalized “, indicates the town hall. It will undoubtedly be presented to the next Council of Paris, at the beginning of July, a year after the election of Anne Hidalgo. “This is the most strategic moment of the term of office”, considers one of the main deputies of the socialist mayor. The time for the shock between campaign promises and budget constraints, made even stronger by the crisis due to Covid-19, which reduced the City’s revenue and increased its spending. Under these conditions, what projects can be carried out? Which should be shifted, or even abandoned? Should we give a general cut to budgets, choose priorities?

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“The accommodation has been made safe. “ Among the Communists, we already slip the good news with relief: the planned investments should allow to reach 25% of social housing in Paris in 2025, as targeted. Others are more worried, especially among environmentalists. “We campaigned together for the climate and the social, and the investment program must reflect this commitment, notes Fatoumata Koné, the patron saint of elected environmentalists. However, for the moment, we do not see a clear direction. ” Emile Meunier, another elected ecologist, is alarmed: “This plan may not be up to the climate challenge. ”

15 billion euros of projects

The president of the Socialists in the Council of Paris, Rémi Féraud, calls for calm: “The majority groups must be reasonable, not launch into one-upmanship. The investment plan must be faithful to our commitments, both by major areas and by borough. “

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