• Invited to speak at the Rassemblement des entrepreneurs de France, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, announced the end of general aid for businesses at the start of the school year.

  • Certain sectors, still greatly affected by the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, will however remain a priority, such as hotels, restaurants, events, and culture.

  • Blessed with the support of the State until then, the union representatives in these different areas are relieved to be part of the priority sectors, but expect tailor-made from the government, which will have to take into account the disparities of each.

“Whatever the cost, it's over! "Invited to the bosses during the meeting of entrepreneurs of France of the Medef, Wednesday July 25, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, has definitively acted an expected measure: the end of general aid to businesses. “We have protected our economy […]. We did not count public money because it was responsible for doing so. But now that the French economy is restarting, that we have growth prospects of 6%, I say it, whatever the cost, it's over, ”said the minister.

No way, however, to turn off the tap overnight.

The government now advocates tailor-made, and gives an appointment to trade unions and employers on August 30, in order to establish an inventory and decide on the scope for maintaining the financial mechanisms.

On the eve of a return to “normal”, three sectors are given priority: hotels and restaurants, culture and events.

We take stock.

"If we get our heads out of the water, it is not for us to plunge it back into it next year"

Hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, the culture sector has lived off state subsidies for more than a year. Theaters, cinemas, performance halls, etc. all had to lower the curtain pending a recovery that was finally slowed down by reduced reception gauges, then by the introduction of the health pass. "We are not yet in a position to quantify our summer loss, but the recovery has been very difficult,"

Vincent Moisselin, director of the National Union of Artistic and Cultural Enterprises (Syndeac),


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shown to live up to economic expectations.

"We are not surprised to be part of the sectors concerned by the maintenance of aid, the Ministry of Culture has already assured us," he continues.

At the start of the school year, state aid should therefore continue to materialize in the form of compensation for losses and exemptions from charges.

“But beware, warns Vincent Moisselin.

If we get our heads out of the water today, it's not for us to plunge them back into it next year!

Because the debt, it will have to be repaid at one time or another ”.

A lack of prospects

An opinion shared by Cédric Angelone, co-president of the event activities union (SAE), another sector hard hit by the crisis, with already nearly 85% of losses in the West Indies, where the summer figures have already been established. Blessed with the state's economic support for businesses, he congratulated the Minister for having heard their complaints: "This maintenance of event activity among the priority sectors is in direct line with what we had been promised in March. ".

He regrets, however, a lack of prospects.

“When we have to pay back the EMPs, it won't be the same story.

I hope that the government will succeed in freeing us from a certain number of constraints, I am thinking of the cost of labor, corporate taxes and training cycles, which are still too restrictive today, ”he explains.

"Hand-sewn" for the hotel and catering industry

As for hotels and restaurants, we expect “hand-sewn”. "We must take into account the fact that the way out of the crisis in our sector was made with a lot of disparities, points out Jean-Virgile Crance, president of the national grouping of independent hotel and catering companies (GNI-CHR ). While some coastal hotels, for example, have done very well despite an exceptionally short season, others, in large cities and in Paris in particular, are experiencing a catastrophic situation. Some luxury hotels have still not been able to reopen! "

Overall, he deplores a loss of turnover of between 10 and 15% compared to 2019 for the hotel industry.

“And again, in Île-de-France, for the first two weeks of August, we are at minus 50%!

», Regrets the union representative.

Next Monday, the meeting between trade unions and employers' organizations will be decisive: "It is essential to adapt the mechanisms put in place by the State in June, while noting the level elements that trigger them, in order to help the more effectively to those who need it most.

The government has injected too much money into our sector for it not to be at the heart of the economic recovery plan!



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