Arab Today, arab today france told to cut back on military pomp and ceremony
Last Updated : GMT 18:00:57
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

France told to cut back on military pomp and ceremony

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today France told to cut back on military pomp and ceremony

Paris - AFP

In another sign of tough times in France, the government has been told to cut the size of the Republican Guard, the elite unit that provides the pomp and ceremony on state occasions. The Guard, which includes the last cavalry unit of the French army, has 2,859 civilian and military staff and costs 280 million euros ($367m) a year to run. Officially, 69 percent of this budget is dedicated to the protection of major public buildings, including President Francois Hollande\'s Elysee Palace, the Prime Minister\'s Hotel de Matignon, the Senate and the National Assembly. But spending watchdog the Cour des Comptes said the Guard\'s role was, in reality, mainly ceremonial. \"In the event of an organised intrusion (at any of the buildings), the static guards would not be in a position to resist,\" the watchdog noted. Interior Minister Manuel Valls said in his response to the report that he was favourable to a review of spending on security for the buildings concerned but underlined they were particularly vulnerable to the threat of terrorism. France is attempting to cut around 10 billion euros from public spending this year as it struggles to reduce its budget deficit in line with EU targets. As part of the austerity drive, ministers have already accepted 30 percent cuts in their salaries and Hollande raised eyebrows last week when he revealed that he would auction off hundreds of fine wines from the Elysee cellar. Officials plan to replace them with cheaper bottles and the resulting savings are to be poured back into the government\'s empty coffers.  

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today france told to cut back on military pomp and ceremony Arab Today, arab today france told to cut back on military pomp and ceremony

 



Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today france told to cut back on military pomp and ceremony Arab Today, arab today france told to cut back on military pomp and ceremony

 



Arab Today, arab today Designer prepared new set of ornaments

GMT 02:45 2017 Wednesday ,28 June

Designer prepared new set of ornaments
Arab Today, arab today France defies terrorism through tourism

GMT 15:18 2017 Saturday ,20 May

France defies terrorism through tourism
Arab Today, arab today Mai Al-Jeddawi presents décor ideas for Ramadan
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

GMT 08:23 2017 Saturday ,24 June

Actress Feryal Yussef received new drama offers

GMT 09:49 2017 Tuesday ,02 May

Girl barred from Malaysia chess competition

GMT 08:48 2017 Saturday ,06 May

Climate science: Bad news gets worse

GMT 16:25 2017 Sunday ,04 June

“Suhoor” is basic meal for fasting

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 11:09 2017 Sunday ,25 June

HUAWEI P10 the ‘guru’ of portrait shots

GMT 17:59 2017 Monday ,12 June

Designer Rania Adel reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday