French Ministry for the Economy and Finance

Coordinates: 48°50′21″N 2°22′33″E / 48.83917°N 2.37583°E / 48.83917; 2.37583

The seat of the Ministry of Finance at Bercy in Paris

The French Ministry for the Economy and Finance (French: Ministère de l'économie et des finances [ministɛʁ dᵊ lekɔnɔmi e defiˈnɑ̃s]), called the Finance Ministry for short, is one of the most important ministries in the cabinet of France and the finance minister is one of the most prominent cabinet members after the prime minister.

The exact name of the ministry has changed over time, and has included the terms "economy", "industry", "finances", or "employment" through history.


The Minister of Finance oversees:

By her authority above the financial assets of the State, the financial and economic national system and the taxation rules, the Minister is allowed to represent France in the European Union council of the minister of the Economy and Finance (ECOFIN).


The Junior Minister for the Budget at the Ministry of the Economy, Finance, and External Trade

The Minister for the Budget, Public Accounts, the Civil Service and State Reform supervises:


The French taxation system is supervised by three separate board:

The taxation information system are being modernised by the so-called Copernic tax project.

By delegation of the Prime Minister, he supervises also the Public Services (essentially statutes and salaries of the State, local and hospital Public Services) and the modernisation of the State (including computing means).

He is responsible with their colleagues for Health, Youth and Sport and for Labour, Labour Relations and Solidarity of the equilibrium of social accounts.



The Ministry of Finance is situated in Bercy, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. The building extends to the Seine River, where there is an embarcadero with fast river boats for faster liaisons to other government agencies.

That is why the French media often refer to it as simply "Bercy". The sentence the Bercy Fortress (la forteresse de Bercy) refers to the Ministry as a dark department with obtuse civil servants, especially of high rank. That is emphasized by the impressive look of the building.

For evident practical reasons, the two ministers share the building and some common services that were under the former ministry of Economy, Finances and Industry.

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