In the wake of diplomats, who went on strike on June 2, a first in twenty years, the students of the Germaine Tillon promotion point to a “succession of reforms” implemented in a “hasty and uncoordinated” manner.

“It is today the very attractiveness of the public service which is in danger”, assert these future senior officials of the National School of Administration.

Created in 1945 by General de Gaulle, the ENA was abolished on January 1 to make way for the new National Institute of Public Service (INSP) wanted by Emmanuel Macron as part of a vast reform of the senior civil service.

“The extinction of the prefectural corps and the diplomatic corps” and “the abolition of our school” were “orchestrated without sufficient visibility” and “deeply destabilized the officials concerned”, they lament.

As for the creation of the INSP, “it has so far resulted in a chaotic course”, according to them, with “brutal changes in the content of the lessons (which) have given rise to permanent improvisation”.

If they share “the desire to improve the training of civil servants” in the “service of public action closer to citizens”, they deplore that “the dysfunctions within the new INSP jeopardize these objectives”.

The students also point to “the uncertainty and opacity generated by the new exit tests, which are still not defined within thirty days of their expiry” when they were supposed to “return to a classification decried for generations “.

These new tests “on the contrary reinforce the arbitrariness with which our promotion is confronted”, castigates the platform, adopted almost unanimously by the 82 students of the promotion.

Without calling into question “the end of direct access” of enarques fresh out of the great bodies of the State, they affirm that “certain positions offered on leaving the INSP do not correspond to senior management functions of State” and are concerned about “increased recourse to outsourcing” of State missions, echoing the debate on consulting firms.

“It is the model of the INSP which, after barely six months of existence, is dangerously called into question”, conclude the students of the promotion Germaine Tillon, a great figure of the Resistance.

By their “unprecedented mobilization”, they claim “the respect of the commitments made towards (their) promotion and the definition, in consultation, of the conditions of meritocratic, open and transparent careers of the future civil servants”.

Questioned by AFP, the management of the INSP did not wish to react to this forum.