It’s not me who says so. Marisol Touraine, the French minister for Health and Social Affairs, explained that the budget for social security – which combines health and social security benefits – would reduce the deficit to a measly 9.7 billion euros. The French have lived so long with le trou de la Sécu – the hole in the Social – that they’re really quite used to it. As reported in Le Monde, Mme Touraine explained:
The deficit in Social Security will pass next year below the 10 billion mark: this is half of what it was at the end of the previous presidential term of office. We can be proud of that.