This Saturday, debate on EDF, forced by the government to sell cheap electricity to its competitors. A good deed for our purchasing power? Also on the program: a report on these towns which are changing to 35 hours and an interview with Minister Amélie de Montchalin.

The interview

35 hours in the public service, the fight against inflation and the situation of civil servants: this Saturday, Alexandra Bensaid receives the Minister of Transformation and the Public Service, Amelie de Montchalin.

At a time when the State announces that it is limiting the use it makes of private consulting firms, to subcontract various missions, and when the Public Service Institute is launching, the new ENA formula, must- Does he believe in these new efforts undertaken by the public authorities? And what could be the proposals on this sector during the presidential campaign?


On January 13, the Ministers of Economy and Ecological Transition, respectively Bruno Le Maire and Barbara Pompili, announced that they were demanding that EDF – in which the State now holds 19% – sell at a knockdown price electricity to its competitors.

The goal ? That soaring energy prices do not affect consumers, especially those subscribing to alternative suppliers. An increase which, without action, could have been around 35% is thus limited to a rate which rises by 4% on 1 February.

But the criticisms are numerous: electoralist three months before the presidential election; dishonest because the 8 billion euros of this decision will be reflected in EDF's turnover and not in the coffers of the State; or even short-termist, judge those who regret that too little investment is devoted...

How to understand this decision? Is the State picking EDF's pockets? Marc Vignaud, magazine reporter Point and Christian Chavagneux, columnist at the magazine Economic Alternatives, open the discussion.

The report

This is the last battle of the 35 hours, the one that is played out in the town halls... The deadline for going through it was set for January 1st. Our reporter Claire Chaudiere takes us to Burgundy, to Sens, a town that has done it in advance, making its 850 municipal agents work every 35 hours.

Why did the territorial officials not work 35 hours, that is to say 1607 hours per year, but on average 1562 hours, 45 less?

Historically, this can be explained: since the decentralization law of 1984, mayors had won the right to regulate alone the balance between their position as employer and that of guarantor of social peace. In other words: to return to legal working time, as required by the 2019 law, agents must most often give up social benefits.

But today, where are we in these negotiations?

It's happening there

This week the Bund at ten years, that is to say the interest rate at which the German State borrows for a period of ten years, has returned to positive territory.

Investors had been accepting negative returns for almost three years. In short, to lose money, to buy these German bonds. We talk about it with Ludovic Piedtenu, permanent correspondent of Radio France in Germany.

My life at work

This week, Sandrine Foulon answers Nabil's question. With the health crisis, he was unable to put down 4 days of RTT last year which he lost. If it happens again this year, can he get paid for those days?