Transparency (Open Budget Index) 76/100 

The Government of France provides the public with substantial budget information.

Public Participation 40/100 

The Government of France is weak in providing the public with opportunities to engage in the budget process.

Budget Oversight 

By legislature 91/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in France is adequate.

By auditor institution 75/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in France is adequate.


Improving Transparency

France should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal by presenting the classification of expenditures for future years and the classification of revenues for future years.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Year-End Report by presenting more information on planned versus actual macroeconomic forecasts.
Improving Participation

France should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  • Establish credible and effective mechanisms (i.e., public hearings, surveys, focus groups) for capturing a range of public perspectives on budget matters.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the budgets of specific ministries, departments, and agencies at which testimony from the public is heard.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution to formulate its audit program and participate in audit investigations.