This Friday, May 20, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne chose her government. Seventeen ministers, six deputy ministers and four secretaries have been appointed, at least until the legislative elections. Update on their salaries and benefits. How much do the members of the new government earn? Earlier this week, we revealed the salary of the Prime Minister, Élisabeth Borne. Formerly fixed at 21,300 euros gross per month, the salary of the head of government had been reduced by 30% under the mandate of François Hollande. Thus, Elisabeth Borne receives 15,204 euros gross per month. In addition, as we told you, Elisabeth Borne will benefit from two company accommodations: Matignon as her main residence and the Château de Souzy-la Briche, in Essonne, as her second home. Of course, all trips related to her function are paid for by the State and the Prime Minister thus has an armored company car with driver, free access to SNCF trains in first class, several planes, etc. Maintenance of remuneration after mission The salaries of his ministers have also been revised downwards under the mandate of François Hollande. The ministers will thus receive 10,136 euros gross per month (instead of 14,200 euros formerly). For the Secretaries of State, it is a little less: approximately 9,500 euros gross, against 13,490 euros before 2012. All members of the government of these remunerations will benefit from the maintenance of their remuneration during the three months which will follow the end of their mission. Travel and official accommodation Everyone is also entitled to reimbursement of travel related to their duties as well as official accommodation. For this, our colleagues from Marianne recall that the rent paid by the State cannot theoretically exceed “the cost equivalent to an area of 80 m2 increased by 20 m2 per child or dependent ascendant necessary”. The Prime Minister and the most exposed members of the government also have police protection which can be maintained after the end of their functions. The Castex government, the most expensive in history? Added to this are the salaries of members of ministerial cabinets, which vary from one ministry to another. According to estimates taken by Capital by René Dosière, a specialist in state lifestyle, the Castex government was the most expensive in the history of the Fifth Republic, with an estimated cost of 160 million euros. Blame it on a plethoric workforce: “42 ministers and 2,793 employees in cabinets, advisers and support staff (cooks, drivers, secretaries, etc.) included”, according to René Dosière. Tighter, the Borne government could cost taxpayers a little less.
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