Germany puts 200 billion in its industry, and us?


Emmanuel Macron, Elisabeth Borne and Bruno Le Maire would be very wrong not to heed the warning of the bosses in the field. While the government is handing out checks to struggling households, it is clearly underestimating the shock to our industrialists. Unlike Germany, which will pour 200 billion euros into its economic apparatus, our executive addresses the most pressing issues by forgetting what is crucial to our future: namely the imperative need for re-industrialisation. But there is not so much as national priority, in a not so frequent political agreement, and that the energy crisis seems to have exploded in a short-term calculation. Where have all these noble declarations gone?

While the cost of energy has quadrupled or quintupled, the reduction in production taxes appears to be slowly winding down, property taxes may increase by 7% to offset the President’s promises to abolish the home, and so on…

So the government is certainly not that worried. There is hardly any risk of seeing our industrialists come to demonstrate in the streets led by Cpme, Medef or Ethic. It is not in the culture of many industrialists, and there are not enough of them to block the country.

On the other hand, and much more worryingly, many of our finest SMIs may soon experience serious losses or even be sold to international groups when this is not coming to a standstill. Ad hoc decisions often quiet but which will be disastrous for our entire country and its famous industrial sovereignty.

The government is trying piecemeal to save what can be saved. Bercy currently monitors around 300 companies. It has done just that, for example via its armed arm Bpifrance to save, for example, MetEx, the Clermont specialist in animal feed, via the use of chemical fermentation. Already shareholder of 25.95% of Metabolic

Explorer, the public bank will inject 8 million euros for 33% of the capital to help it cope with skyrocketing gas price increases.

Not everyone has Bpifrance in their capital, and that’s a good thing. And wouldn’t it be better to take a global decision, such as abolishing all production taxes (at least 40 billion, or much more than CVAE alone) as demanded by many bosses in the field, like the leader Kusmi teas ( Orientalis), the pragmatic Sylvain Orebi? A healthy measure and, above all, a real bottle of oxygen for our industries that are suffocated by the rise in energy prices.

It would still be terrifying “that one out of two French ETIs experience losses this year and that one in ten is even threatened with its survival”as warned, preceding, the excellent Philippe d’Ornano, president of Sysley.

Remember, also co-leader of the ETI movement (METI), he cannot be blamed for not having first-hand information on the matter. It is time for our politicians to listen as closely as possible to the message of our family entrepreneurs, those who invest the most and rarely move. Haven’t these mid-sized companies alone created 55,000 jobs in the last 18 months?

Robert Lafont

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