The politics behind the bitter dispute at Radio France

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It's a simple formula. First of all, accuse your dog of being rabid – in this case, a rabid spender. Therefore put it on a diet. Too bad if, in fact, the French state first signed an 'aims and means' contract in 2010 that made provision for an increase in funding until 2015, then decided in 2012 to go back on its signature in order to reduce its financing. And tough luck, too, if the cost of the renovation work on Radio France's broadcasting centre in Paris, the Maison de la Radio, ran out of control. Radio France's 2015 budget will thus be 20 million euros short.