Seine-Nord Canal : the cloth burns between Martine Aubry and the State

DECRYPTAGE. While the head of State announced at the beginning of July in Rennes of his desire to make a “pause” in large infrastructure projects, the mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry, has asked this Monday to the Prime minister, Edouard Philippe, to “definitively confirm” the commitment of the State “in favour” of the Canal Seine-Nord Europe.
Since the head of the State, Emmanuel Macron has said, on the 1st of July in Rennes, that the priority of his five-year term, in terms of infrastructure, would be given to the “transport of the daily” and not for large-scale projects, the cloth begins to burn with the communities. It is already-and-already, the case with the mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry (PS), which requested, on July 10, 2017, the Prime minister, Edouard Philippe, to “definitively confirm” the commitment of the State “in favour” of the Canal Seine-Nord Europe. It is the canal, long of 107 kilometres between Compiègne (Oise) and Aubencheul-au-Bac (North), which will have vocation to be the missing link between the Seine and the waterways of Northern Europe, for the transport of goods between the countries of the Benelux and the paris region.
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In a letter addressed to the Prime minister and published on Twitter, the elected lille, warning that “the beginning of the work was expected to the year 2017. According to the economic data thereto, ten thousand jobs will be generated by the project Seine-Nord Canal. The sources of development and activities induced by the project are crucial to our region”.


Ads government incomprehensible to Martine Aubry


This is why, according to her, “the announcements made by the minister of Ecology, Nicolas Hulot, and of the minister of Transport, Elizabeth Terminal, are incomprehensible”. Note, indeed, Nicolas Hulot, interview, July 6, 2017, by the press on major transport infrastructure projects, had spoken of “break” and analysis “on a case-by-case basis”. And in the afternoon, Elizabeth Terminal, explained to the Senate: “As for other major projects, there have been promises made, commitments made without an overall vision. (Their bill) does not pass in the current trajectory of the expense of the State.”


A project called”irreversible” on 5 April last by François Hollande


Martine Aubry has pressed the nail hammering that “the State may not, at the discretion of the vibrations, thus question his word, and breaking a work of more than 10 years carried out by all the actors of the region Hauts-de-France.” To recall, the former head of State, François Hollande, officially, confirmed, on April 5, 2017, the commitment of the State in favor of this project of 4.5 billion euros, calling it “irreversible”.


It should be noted that a petition “Do not touch our channel,” launched on Monday by the former socialist minister, Patrick Kanner has collected so far 2.156 signatures.


Major projects or new infrastructure ? “It is finished” for Gérald Darmanin
Interviewed this July 11, by the Parisian-today in France on the choice of focussing on the large projects or new infrastructure, Gérald Darmanin, minister of the Action and of public accounts, said “it is finished.” “We will make 260 million euros of savings, he told the newspaper. This is consistent with the speech of the head of State who said that there was a pause and a review of all major projects. Credits were provided for studies, it was decided to suspend them.”
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The Lyon Turin, the canal Seine-Nord and the LGV Bordeaux-Toulouse : old or new projects ?


A position which should rejoice the national Federation of public works (FNTP). “In the end, the major priority projects incurred by the State as the railway line Lyon Turin, as the canal Seine-Nord and the LGV Bordeaux-Toulouse, are they old projects or new projects ? we had commented on its president Bruno Cavagné, July 5, 2017. What interests me, is that we do not bury and find solutions, even if it takes more time than what was planned.”

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