On Tuesday, the French officials of the McKinsey firm were heard before a senatorial commission of inquiry.
This focuses on “The growing influence of private consulting firms on public policy”, a subject that has become important as the Covid-19 crisis has revealed the importance of private firms in decision-making. public decision.
“It’s a fairly substantial sum… What exactly did it end up doing?” »
But it is a sequence on education that caught the attention – and shocked – many Internet users.
The communist rapporteur Éliane Assassi questions Karim Tadjeddine, head of the public sector division of McKinsey France: “You obtained a contract for the amount of 496,800 euros to “evaluate the evolutions of the teaching profession”. Can you tell us what this mission led to? »
His interlocutor is very embarrassed to answer. The senator then relaunches him: “I find that this answer is a little imprecise. It’s a fairly substantial sum all the same… What exactly did it lead to?
Mr. Tadjeddine then evokes “benchmarking, analysis” work and the organization of a seminar in February 2021 with teaching officials. For almost half a million euros in public money, so…
The footage has been viewed over a million times on Twitter.
The sequence made scream on social networks, in particular teachers or ex-teachers.
Throughout their hearing, McKinsey officials tried to downplay their influence on policy decisions, including in the vaccine campaign. Their role is operational more than decision-making, they assured.
In practice, McKinsey played a logistical, coordination and “benchmarking” role in the vaccine campaign compared to other countries.
Missions that a public official could also have exercised, observes Eliane Assassi.
4 million euros contract with the Ministry of Health
According to figures put forward in February 2021 by MP Véronique Louwagie, McKinsey signed contracts totaling four million euros with the Ministry of Health between March 2020 and January 2021.
Since these revelations, a parliamentary offensive has begun on two fronts, with on the one hand an information mission from the National Assembly which delivered its report on Tuesday, and on the other hand this commission of inquiry from the Senate.