Macron Will Maintain His Controversial Pension Reform Losing Support For Legislative Ones

The Emmanuel Macron of 2022 is not the same as the one he won in 2017. The French president will remain at the Elysée for the next five years after beating his rival, Marine Le Pen, by a wide margin in the second round of the presidential elections … but lower than that registered in the 2017 elections .

His Government, seen what has been seen, cannot continue along the same lines. And he knows it. “Whoever voted for Mrs. Le Pen in anger also has to find an answer ,” he said on election night, acknowledging his vote. Macron has no grays: he mobilizes his own, but generates a lot of antipathy among those who do not vote for him.

For now, his Government has assured that it will maintain the controversial pension reform to delay the minimum retirement age from 62 to 65 years , but will give room for discussion to other points, such as the conditions of those who started working very young or the compensation of jobs that generate greater attrition.

This occurs close to May 1, a key date in France and which is often accompanied by protests. In this way, the president can fuel social discontent and arrive with less support for the legislative elections in June, which both Le Pen’s radical right and the radical left candidacy represented by Jean Luc Mélenchon see as “a third round” of the presidential.

Already in the club of Chirac, Mitterrand and de Gaulle among the longest-serving presidents, Macron has the opportunity to offer something new. The president of En Marcha represents continuity, and mixes winks to the left and right in his proposals , with progressive measures but also emphasizing issues such as security or the fight against radical Islamism.

But at the same time he recognizes that continuity is not continuity: between now and 2027 he knows that he has to offer something more, above all so that his political space is not orphaned once he can no longer present himself. For now, his finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, acknowledged that this legislature must change “our way of governing to involve citizens more.” what does it really saythe electoral program that Macron will carry out for the next five years?

Immigration and integration
Emmanuel Macron’s message seeks a balance between alleviating the discontent it generates and at the same time trying to offer something new after five years in office. He is no longer a stranger. Macron wants to carry out a reform of the Schengen Area and promote the integration of foreigners through a French exam. Thus, he proposes to expel from the country those who create problems of public order and will take measures against radical Islamism.

Health and education
Health also occupies an important space for the president. Macron promises free check-ups at 25, 45 and 50 years, a plan for mental health as well as having “more humane hospitals”, with less bureaucracy and a public repository of medicines. In addition, he includes the development of the medical industry in France.

As far as childhood is concerned, which is the first chapter of the electoral program, it includes parental control to monitor minors’ access to social networks, in addition to improvements in education with more hours of mathematics and language, a professional training of excellence and more places in public education.

This is directly related to his electoral program both with retirement and with the promotion of rural France. Macron promises to reward those who extend their professional career and also wants to increase the minimum pension to 1,100 euros per month. Another point is the development of a home service program, while promising to improve accessibility.

As for dependency, the president’s program includes the hiring of 50,000 nurses, nurses and assistants until 2027, while a grief assistance program will be developed, with psychologists and bureaucratic facilities for families in the event of death.

Less bureaucracy
In the section on social measures, a “plan to facilitate educational access” for children in vulnerable situations stands out. It also gives special importance to the citizen initiative. That is a pillar of the RN program: remove powers from the National Assembly and the Government while giving more weight to referendums.

The nationalist weight is also seen in another measure that involves forcing restaurants and bars to use 80% French products. Likewise, his plan for health involves an investment of 20 million euros at the beginning of the legislature, as well as reducing bureaucracy.

Macron wants to “simplify life” for the French with more fiber optics for the provinces, in addition to improving services and infrastructure and also “unifying” the bureaucracy between regions. The president has consolidated his power in the cities, but away from them he has to channel social discontent. Employment and purchasing power are two major concerns for citizens and he proposes greater investment in families, with the delay of the real retirement age (65 years), a job placement plan, and free nurseries for children under three years. Of course, for now, it will maintain its controversial pension reform.

Reindustrialization, security and social aid
The Elysée tenant proposes to finance the small projects that are launched and speaks of a “third agricultural revolution” and a new maritime strategy, in addition to promising investments “to create the European metaverse”. He also wants “more active citizenship”, especially in the case of young people, who are also the most abstentionist.

More Europe
Macron is a firm advocate of greater integration in the EU, with advances towards a European Army and proposals towards greater investment in digitization and ecological transition, which are two great pillars of the European Commission for the short and medium term.

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