Can the state nationalize highways?

THE CHEKING PROCESS – Arnaud Montebourg and Marine Le Pen wish to return the management of these roads to the State. Is it possible ? And, moreover, would this be good news for users?

THE QUESTION – “I suggest that our first decision be the nationalization of the motorway concession companies”, said one. “This will reduce the price of tolls by 10 to 15%,” adds the other. Arnaud Montebourg and Marine Le Pen, recently declared candidates for the 2022 presidential election, therefore have at least one point in common: they want to nationalize the highways. Extremely profitable for the private concessionaires who manage them since 2006, the highways are scrutinized very closely by politicians of all stripes, who see them as a very relevant subject for the French, and therefore a weighty campaign argument. But is it really possible to hand over the management of the highways to the state?

CHECKS – Arnaud Montebourg or Marine Le Pen know it well, there is no question of nationalizing strictly speaking the motorway concession companies. In other words, the State does not have the vocation – nor the means – to buy back all

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