Le Clézio obtains, before the courts, the conviction of the social security of the authors who had truncated his retirement

Le Clézio obtains, before the courts, the conviction of the social security of the authors who had truncated his retirement
Le Clézio obtains, before the courts, the conviction of the social security of the authors who had truncated his retirement

A report had highlighted the failings of Agessa, the artists and authors’ fund, concerning nearly 190,000 taxpayers whose rights found themselves truncated.

The French Nobel Prize winner for literature Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio has had the Social Security of Artists Authors (Agessa) condemned in court for failures in the management of his retirement account, his lawyer announced to AFP on Wednesday.

This judgment, rendered on December 20, 2023 by the social division of the Paris judicial court, condemns the organization responsible for managing the social insurance schemes of artist authors to compensate the author to the tune of more than 20,000 euros.

In February 2022, the 2008 Nobel laureate decided to take legal action alone against Agessa. He criticizes the organization for not having transmitted its retirement data over three years (2008, 2009 and 2010) to the National Old Age Insurance Fund. Result ? A truncated full-rate basic retirement pension, then valued at 1,443 euros gross per month. The National Old Age Insurance Fund indicates that it cannot take into account the royalties received from the publisher Gallimard for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 in the absence of any indication from Agessa .

JMG Le Clézio nevertheless assures that it has proven its resources over this period and has paid pre-deducted contributions through its publisher. In its judgment, the court considers that the income for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 constituted by copyright should have been taken into account in the calculation of the author’s retirement.

A fault”

Another problem, updated by his lawyer Dimitri Pincent: Agessa never registered the author of Golden fish And Revolutions on the Ircec supplementary pension scheme, in disregard of its mission consisting in particular of ensuring effective affiliation of any artist-author to all social security schemes. The court recognizes this “mistake”, which deprived the author of any supplementary retirement pension. Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio is “satisfied with the judgment in terms of principles“, declared his counsel to AFP. Contacted, Agessa’s lawyer, Florence Kato, was not immediately available.

In 2020, a report submitted to the government found that Agessa had not collected the retirement contributions of 190,000 of its subjects for 40 years, thus depriving them of retirement rights. The government put an end to the problem in 2018, with a decree which charges (since January 1, 2019) Urssaf Limousin with the collection of all contributions. But many authors today find themselves deprived of a pension because of the dysfunctions in the management of Agessa and, according to the authors, “of state inaction for decades.»

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