Sylvia Pinel (PRG) has been an MP since 2007, Jules Affergent (PS) since 2014, Michel Larive (LFI) since 2017, and Muriel Roc-Etienne (LREM) since 2020. They do not count their working hours but are responsible for the means to exercise their mandate. The scenes they reveal with complete transparency.
9:00 midnight, when it’s not 4, 5, or 6 a.m. In committee or in circulation, deputies do not count their hours. Many consider their allowance of €5,679.71 net per month before tax – an amount three times higher than the average salary for French – has not been usurped. It’s even a guarantee of a fair democracy according to Sylvia Pinnell, MP for Tarn and Garonne for 15 years. This was done so that we would not be dependent on lobbyists and other pressure groups. »
of any act. However, what happens less well is the use of remittance advances. The deputies we met in Occitanie know that the rare slip-ups that made the front page of the press can shock public opinion. But the appointment of an ethics officer has greatly contributed to cleaning practices.
Sylvia Pennell is in the process of verifying proof of authorization expenses. Michel Larive (MP for Ariège) and Muriel Roques-Etienne (MP for Tarn) were examined in 2021 and Joël Aviragnet (MP for Haute-Garonne) in 2020. “These are random checks, that’s fine, notes Michel Larive; makes it It may be considered necessary always to be in good standing. I am so afraid of making a mistake that when I am not sure, I pay out of my pocket.”
“I, whenever I have doubt, ask the Ethics Officer,” continues Joël Aviragnet, Deputy Comminges, who, like the others, is forced to sleep three nights a week, on average, in Paris. “When we finish at odd hours, we have to sigh, member Haut-Garonne Council. But the cost of a hotel room near the association is 200-250 euros per night. We were finally allowed to set our feet on the beach. I found an area of 20 square meters in the Bastille for 900 euros per month. I bought myself an electric scooter on my tunnel. Since then, I have become very independent, even in the event of a strike, and have provided taxis. »
Because of course, all business trips are covered by prepayment on authorization expenses, which they call AFM in seraglio. Whether it’s Michel Larive, Sylvia Pinel, Muriel Roques-Etienne, or Joel Avergent, they travel 25,000 to 50,000 kilometers per month in their rural circuit. In addition to the fuel costs, there are the rental of parliamentary offices, sometimes two in their vast areas, insurance, copies, telephone costs … Knowing what is deductible or not is a children’s play for Muriel Roc-Etienne. “It’s my job, I’m an accountant.”
Others can always ask the Ethics Officer if they are in doubt. In any case, all MPs pay the independent accountant €1,400 annually to verify the supporting documents that they submit each year in January to the National Assembly. They all consider these examinations to be normal.
On the right as on the left, representatives evoke the priesthood in the service of their constituency. On average, they limit themselves to one week of vacation in the winter, two weeks in the summer and hardly a weekend for them. The “passion for the land and commitment” highlighted by all allow them to “hold on.” Support their loved ones too, even if it doesn’t come easy for them every day.
What does a deputy earn?
The French MP receives a parliamentary allowance of €5,623.23, a subsistence allowance of €168.70, a duty allowance of €1,447.98 per month, total €7,239.91 or net €5,679.71 per month, to which is added income up front on the authorization fee of €5,373 EUR per month, i.e. 64,476 EUR per year, 322,380 EUR over 5 years. He may return the unspent funds to the National Assembly at the end of the term of office. In addition, there is a staff budget, which increased from a total of 9,000 euros to 10,000 euros per month in 2017. This makes it possible to compensate an average of three parliamentary assistants for each member of the European Parliament. Quantities are lower than the European average.