A note of Bercy, dating from the month of December, which is revealed in the press on Monday, seemed to call into question the command.
In a note dating from the beginning of December, the legal services branch of Bercy who had crafted the backup plan of the factory Belfort challenged the feasibility of the order of fifteen trains TGV by the State. After the revelation of this document by the letter specialized in Mobilettre, and its recovery by Les Echos, Monday, 6 February, the secretary of State for industry, Christophe Sirugue, and was assured that the order would be confirmed with ” before the end of the month of February “.
The terms of this contract will be detailed on the 17th of February, on the occasion of a follow-up committee on this dossier, the ministry of the economy, he said, before commenting :
” What I find extraordinary, it is that we have today a press release on a note which date from the beginning of December, and that – if I do not question the elements – in any case is based on a scenario that is not the one who has been retained by the State. “
” What is said in the note, is that the State would fund directly the purchase of fifteen trains TGV, or since the beginning “, we try to see ” how SNCF can place the order, knowing that of course the State will fund in this context “, said the secretary of State.
The command is ” absolutely not question “
Confirming that the State remained ” in this case “, M. Sirugue has announced that ” from a time “, a appointment of the monitoring committee was scheduled on February 17.
” I will explain the items on the 17th of February, so there are no new elements compared to the journey either in terms of timing nor in terms of information. “
M. Sirugue has also ensured that the commitment of the SNCF to respond to such a call for tenders remained intact : ” The secretary-general of the SNCF (…) confirmed that there was no questioning of the elements that had been agreed to. “
The order is ” absolutely not question “, for its part, had said a little earlier, Marie-Guite Dufay, president (PS) of the region Burgundy Franche-Comté, relating a telephone conversation on Monday morning with Guillaume Pepy, president of SNCF.
” The State services work to make the order may be passed “, said his side Hugues Besancenot, prefect of the territory of Belfort, interviewed on Monday. The note of Bercy is ” an analysis based on a hypothesis that is not good “, he also argued.
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