IT is ambivalent: it optimizes file management as it can also make fraud on a large scale easier for a number of individuals, especially in the very sensitive area of identity.
It is a lesson that France, despite being a leading nuclear and economic power, is gradually learning with the potentially explosive revelations of a magistrate, Charles Prats, and two elected officials, Nathalie Goulet and Carole Grandjean.
While the latest demographic census indicates that 67 million people including 21,000 centenarians live in France, the National Statistical Institute (INSEE) has unveiled in an official letter that about 84.2 million “people alive” benefit from the French social security system, including 3.1 million centenarians.
Faced with these unimaginable figures that could largely explain why France suffers from a significant chronic public deficit, Charles Prats raises the question that everyone is asking “How many billions of euros of fraud?”
If one counts since 1998 when France’s digital identification program of the social insured people named “Carte Vitale” started, the fraud could in proportion amount to more than 60 billion euros or 20 times the cost of the construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.