French government defends its new deficit-reduction plan

Weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government on Wednesday insisted its plans to cut the country's deficit was 'coherent and responsible', as it responded to criticism of the plan from the country's independent public finance watchdog.

"It is a solid, coherent and responsible programme," said government spokesperson Prisca Thevenot at a news conference.

Earlier on Wednesday, the independent public finance watchdog said the budget deficit reduction plans lack credibility in the absence of more detailed plans to reduce spending.

(Reporting by Inti Landauro; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)