The nightmare of Francine, 81, who can no longer be reimbursed for 90,000 euros in expired treasury bills


La Varoise had bought treasury bills valid for 30 years for her retirement but for four years, because of a change in law, she has not been able to get them reimbursed. She seized the Defender of Rights but the Ministry of Finance remains inflexible.

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A retiree from Toulon in the Var is living a real nightmare: Francine, 81 years old today, had bought treasury bills valid for 30 years for her retirement but for four years, she has not been able to get them reimbursed. And since then, his treasury bills aren’t worth anything. They had been taken out in francs in 1996 for a period of 30 years only, but in 2008, the law changed: after the changeover to the euro, their validity was limited to 2013. A provision that should have been reported to the retired when she comes to withdraw part of her funds in 2009, but who was not.

“In 2009, she went to get reimbursed in treasury bills because she needed the money, so we paid them back, explains his daughter Christine. On this occasion, her name and address were taken and she paid taxes on the interest. So she was known to the treasury. “

“She asked if the vouchers were still valid and she was told so, when the law had already been published …”

Christine, Francine’s daughter

to franceinfo

Same approach in 2011: new withdrawal and even lack of information from the treasury on the prescription, despite a ministerial circular and in 2017, a refusal of payment for the last vouchers. Either 90,000 lost, and a failure for the Defender of Rights, Claire Hédon, who for four years, has asked Bercy to reimburse the retiree.

“The state sticks to its principle of ‘No one is supposed to ignore the law’, and I think that in a situation like this, what is important is a settlement in equity.”, underlines Claire Hédon. In the absence of mediation, it is ultimately up to justice to decide.



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