Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told lawmakers on Tuesday that it was time to end France's addiction to public spending and rein in debts that he said were at an unacceptable level.
France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, sees taming France's spending and reducing its budget deficit was key to winning the trust of European Union partner Germany and persuading Berlin to embark on reforms of the bloc.
Last week France's independent auditor revealed a more 8 billion euro funding shortfall in this year's budget, forecasting a deficit once again above the European Union's cap of 3 percent of national income.
"The French are hooked on public spending. Like all addictions it doesn't solve any of the problems it is meant to ease. And like all addictions it requires willing and courage to detox," Philippe told the National Assembly to applause.