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French customs ["]struggles["] to cope with no-deal Brexit planning
On 26 August, the French Council of Ministers sacked Rodolphe Gintz after two years as customs chief. Meanwhile, the French customs office is facing up to the difficulties of preparing for a `no-deal' Brexit, which would mean the return of a hard border, EURACTIV France reports.
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During his two-year tenure, he managed to overcome the consequences of a corruption case against his office, which was led by the national intelligence and customs investigation department. He also had to deal with the consequences of an investigation conducted by the national prosecutor's office in a case involving a speedboat, which was bought by customs.
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A strategic moment

The country's economic ministry admits that Brexit represents "a strategic moment for the customs administration." However, the department is also stating that the director general's departure is part of the regular rotation of posts across administrations. It is also assuring staff that continuity has been safeguarded given that the deputy director-general is keeping his job.This period is all the more sensitive as more employees are now being called upon. Between 15 September and 15 October, specific experiments will be carried out to try to understand how, in concrete terms, a 'no-deal' Brexit will pan out.

At this stage, 700 additional customs officers are planned to manage the border, with half of them to be deployed on the Channel's coastline. The other half will be placed in airports, as well as in train stations, where the Eurostar arrives from London.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 5th, 2019 at 04:50:18 AM EST
I'm afraid that Euractiv is not seeing the forest for the trees here.

Gintz, a Hollande holdover, has not been fired over his management of the customs nor over Brexit preparedness either: the article does acknowledge "he managed to overcome the consequences of" various investigations related to fraud within the services.

As described in Les Echos, his firing is part of a larger spoil system "à la française", which Macron had made no mysteries he wanted to implement: over the past six months, several directors of major state administrations have been "rotated" alongside Gintz, such as the chief of Tracfin (investigating money laundering) or the fiscal administration last May.

As true blue neo-libs, the Macron regime is pushing hard to reduce the size of the government and reduce the numbers of civil servants, having been temporarily stopped by the yellow jackets protests last year. Les Echos do mention close to 5,800 positions to be eliminated at the ministry of finances (nickname: Bercy) alone.

Another fly in the ointment - besides the yellow jackets, that is - is Brexit: the government has been forced to add 700 customs agents to be deployed in French ports on the Channel, the EuroTunnel entrance and various train stations where the Eurostar trains operate. Even then, the customs agents will be strained, especially in case of no-deal where agents will have to work overtime. As Euractiv mentions, the government has agreed - reluctantly, you can be sure - to a monthly bonus.

by Bernard on Sat Sep 7th, 2019 at 09:50:41 AM EST
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scare quotes

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Sep 7th, 2019 at 05:55:08 PM EST
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Most of the time when I use quotes, it's just for that: quoting. Especially when I'm quoting a piece or comment verbatim (I also italicize sometimes, especially when it's Latin, or Italian).
by Bernard on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 08:51:37 AM EST
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proofreading, copyeditor, and editors marks

yes, there being no margins constructed for an automated HTML composition--therefore no standard notation for grammatical or semantic errors to emerge, lo, these many decades-- I have effected a "hack"* to communicate my amusement regarding the contexts of an error figuratively screaming for correction.

On the topic of bureaucratic struggles, annotating "wc" (or diction) in the text quoted (hyperlinked headline or blockquoted passage), using editorial brackets rather than carets to insert open and close quotation marks appeared to me appropriate. I presume that we agree.

Humor me, please.
* scare quoted jargon taken out of CS technical usage

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 07:35:37 PM EST
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