The main professional organizations of Construction and Housing announced Wednesday at least 35000 job cuts in the sector in 2012, denouncing the austerity plans implemented by the government.
"The disastrous consequences of the measures" the government will lead to "at least 35000 posts to be mechanically removed during the single year 2012, "against a loss of 40000 jobs between 2008 and 2010, during the previous thistle, they indicate in a joint statement.
For once united, the Federation of real estate (REITs), the French Building Federation (FFB), the National Union of developers developers (SNAL) and the Union of French houses (UMF) denounced "the accumulation of adverse action housing the French since the summer ".
Worse, "the record is likely to worsen even more end-2012 beginning 2013 as and as housing programs launched collective in 2010 and 2011 will be delivered" in a sector that employs 1.17 million workers..
These virulent criticism of professional organizations, usually close to the government, forced the Secretary of State for Housing, Benoist Appeared to react. "The crisis forces them to maximize every dollar". "The crisis forces us to reconsider our policy, to invent new forms of intervention, more efficient, optimize every dollar invested in public," he told AFP MAppeared.
For MAppeared "if the budget measures have affected the areas of housing and construction, but also because they receive public support very high: more than 40 billion euros in 2010, or 2.2% of GDP".
"After an exceptional effort for the area under the recovery plan, it is normal that the government reconsider this support in a time of hard budget constraint" pleads MAppeared.
This does not prevent the major players to worry about housing "seriously damaging consequences of the budget guidelines adopted who do not know the difference between current expenditure and capital expenditure and constitute threats".
The measures include government denounced "the taxation of real estate gains, the strong reduction of benefits granted to let investment in 2012 and the removal of the device, the sharp reduction in the amount of credit for the interest-free loan and increase in VAT on work and social access to the property from 5.5% to 7% ".
Professionals deplore "the government has decided all these measures unfavorable to housing at a time when neighboring countries such as England revive the housing".
But MAppeared remember being built in Britain "almost three times fewer homes in France in 2010 and in 2011 nearly 400000 homes have been started "in the Hexagon.
"The impression prevails a high degree of improvisation and governance distraught and disturbed by the confusionWe are looking for money, it moves, is cut in allocations. With the belief. That growth will not be affected, "said his part Jean-François Buet, general secretary of the National Federation of Real Estate (Fnaim) and presidential candidate of the organization of real estate agents.
By Christian CHARCOSSEY