Legislative elections: how much does a French MP earn?

On Sunday, June 19, the second round of the parliamentary elections will take place. Elected deputies will receive a remuneration of 7,239.91 euros gross per month or 5,679.71 euros net. These amounts are relatively close to the practice in France’s neighboring countries. Added to this is a range of envelopes designed to deliver quality performance, all of which are regulated and monitored.

Remuneration of deputies in France

The remuneration of a deputy in France is divided into three elements:

  • Basic parliamentary allowance. It amounts to 5,623.23 euros;
  • Living allowance 168.70 euros.
  • Toll surcharge. It reaches 1447.98 euros.

Thus, in France, a deputy receives a salary of 7,239.91 euros gross per month., i.e. 86,878.92 euros gross per year. After the withdrawal of social security contributions, the remuneration of deputies is EUR 5,679.71 net per month. It is then subject to income tax under common law terms.

Can multiple rewards be combined?

Members of Parliament can no longer exercise local executive functions. They may have an advisory mandate in the local assembly (municipality, department, region). In any case, the amount of local benefits received by a deputy (or senator) is limited to 2811.62 euros per month.

To make ends meet, a parliamentarian can theoretically continue to work in the private sector. But the activities of the council, consultant, lawyer are limited to the continuation of previous activities and are permitted provided that the persons concerned do not use their powers in the exercise of their professional activities.

Should parliamentarians pay?

If French deputies have received indemnity since the autumn of 1789, and if this practice is common today, then historically this was not always the case. The constitutional monarchy brought an end to parliamentary indemnity between 1815 and 1848, a period when politics—both its conduct and the right to vote—was reserved for a handful of rich people.

The principle of the existence of a parliamentary contribution is now widely accepted. In fact, it is considered necessary to give everyone access to elected office and to ensure independence of deputies.

To carry out their mission, deputies have two envelopes, which are added to the reimbursement of a certain amount of expenses (transport, accommodation, etc.).

this is

  • I’advance payment order. The monthly amount of EUR 5,373 is intended to cover the costs of reception and representation, the costs of the rental of parliamentary staff, etc., as well as
  • one employee loan in the amount of 10,581 euros per month.

Payment of deputies from our neighbors

In terms of MPs’ remuneration, the French practice is relatively close to that of our British and German neighbors.

Thus, in the United Kingdom, the annual salary of an MP is £84,144., or approximately 98,000 euros. This adds up to a total of £7,012 per month, or approximately €8,166. In addition to this remuneration, there are surcharges covering living expenses, remuneration of members’ staff, and members’ travel between their constituencies and parliament.

A deputy sitting in the Bundestag, Germany’s parliamentary assembly, receives 10,012.89 euros gross per month.. Added to this is the so-called “functional” tax-free supplement of EUR 4,583.39 per month. It allows you to cover the costs associated with the exercise of the function of a deputy: maintaining a permanent seat in the electoral district, living in Berlin, etc.