Does the state plan to privatize national roads?

THE CHEKING PROCESS – A decree governing the concession of certain segments of national roads raises concerns. Is right ?

Ideas relating to the privatization of part of the 10,000 kilometers of the national road network had already been in the pipeline for several years.
Ideas relating to the privatization of part of the 10,000 kilometers of the national road network had already been in the pipeline for several years. PHILIPPE MERLE / AFP

THE QUESTION. A decree gone unnoticed in the height of summer has become the subject of contention. This text of August 14, signed by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Ecological Transition and his Secretary of State for Transport, regulates the concession of certain segments of national roads to private actors, such as Vinci and Eiffage.

With this decree “relating to the conditions for classifying certain sections of roads in the category of motorways“, The fear of”privatisationOf French nationals is back in the public debate. “The highways are not enough for them to make money on the backs of motorists!“, In particular rebelled Friday, September 18 Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The leader of rebellious France believes that the State offers “new giftsTo the private sector. Is this really the case?

CHECKS. For the government, the timing is in any case badly chosen. The controversy comes the day after the publication by the Senate of an investigation

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