Foi fees questioned: The French government said on Monday that more than a half million euros was paid to private firms that were cont제주출장마사지racted to do work for the construction firm of the former French presidential palace. Critics said the deal raised questions about France’s willingness to take on more burdensome tasks such as building a new presidential residence for Nicolas Sarkozy after he left office. The total bill? Up to 15.3 million euros. And it all took place in less than 24 hours, the French media reported. In May 2011, the same construction company was granted contracts to build an 8-story residence for Sarkozy’s successor, President Nicolas Sarkozy, from €9.7 million. That project was halted by the 2010 state election, with the French government saying the money paid by private firms was «bought on the market and not appropriated by state.» The state budget for 2012 is expected to be about 2.3 billion euros less than what the original deal was. And since 2011, France has paid almost 40 percent more for projects than the market value for the contract — an additional cost of 27.2 million euros ($30 million). «The value of a contract does not mean that someone else got paid or that someone paid other people else. In this case, the price paid for the contract was not a gift but part of a political calculation, a calculation of the public demand for such projects,» Interior Minister Manuel Valls said. The interior ministry’s figures don’t include costs of construction of the palace, which is currently estimated at €25 million ($27 million). Hollande has defended the controversial payment of the fees — which could run to 40 million euros — in response to complaints from political opponents that taxpayers are getting more for the work. But Hollande’s critics worry that the government has been trying to hide the difference between how much it pays contractors and how much it gets paid for the work. The costs of the government’s work have risen to as high as €28 million ($31 million) in 2011 and 2012, according to official figures. It is still being debated in France about what exactly the new agreement means for citizens. «The way this deal is supposed to work is that the French government is supposed to collect the costs of t룰렛he construction. Then it pays these fees to the construction company and the contracto트럼프 카지노r. But some of the money is not going to taxpayers,» said former interior minister Arnaud Montebourg.