The Minister of the Economy, Finances and Industry (Ministère de l'Économie, des Finances et de l'Industrie ; French pronunciation: [mi.nis'tɛʁ.d(ə).le.kɔ.nɔ'mi.de.fi'nɑ̃s.e.d(ə).lɛ̃.dys'tʁi]), called the Minister of Finance for short, is one of the most prominent positions in the cabinet of France after the Prime Minister.
It now has a colleague of equal rank: the Minister for the Budget, Public Accounts, the Civil Service and State Reform (Ministre du budget, des comptes publics, de la fonction publique et de la réforme de l'État). This ministry is responsible for the government real estate strategy through Service France Domaine.
The exact title of the minister has changed over time, and has included the terms "economy", "industry", "finances", or "employment" though history. The current title for the position has been in effect since 2010.
The Minister of Finance oversees:
By her authority above the financial assets of the State, the financial and economic national system and the taxation rules, the Minister is allowed to represent France in the European Union council of the minister of the Economy and Finance (ECOFIN).
The current Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment is Pierre Moscovici.
The Minister for the Budget, Public Accounts, the Civil Service and State Reform supervises:
The French taxation system is supervised by three separate board:
By delegation of the Prime Minister, he supervises also the Public Services (essentially statutes and salaries of the State, local and hospital Public Services) and the modernisation of the State (including computing means).
He is responsible with their colleagues for Health, Youth and Sport and for Labour, Labour Relations and Solidarity of the equilibrium of social accounts.
The current Junior Minister for the Budget at the Ministry of the Economy, Finance, and External Trade is Bernard Cazeneuve.
The Ministry of Finance is situated in Bercy, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. The building extends to the Seine River, where there is an embarcadero with fast river boats for faster liaisons to other government agencies.
That is why the French media often refer to it as simply "Bercy". The sentence the Bercy Fortress (la forteresse de Bercy) refers to the Ministry as a dark department with obtuse civil servants, especially of high rank. That is emphasized by the impressive look of the building.
For evident practical reasons, the two ministers share the building and some common services that were under the former ministry of Economy, Finances and Industry.
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