FILE PHOTO: Gerald Darmanin, French Minister of Public Action and Accounts, attends a news conference on tax collection reform at Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, France, February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government has lowered its job cuts target within the public sector to 85,000 by 2022, Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin said in an interview with several regional newspapers to be published on Wednesday.

President Emmanuel Macron had initially set an objective of 120,000 job cuts in the public sector by the end of his five-year mandate to shore up state finances but said in April he was ready to reduce the scope of the layoffs.

Out of the 85,000 job cuts, 15,000 would affect civil servants who work for the central

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