Emmanuel Macron was Wendy Bouchard’s exceptional guest on the program “Ma France” (13:00-14:00) this Thursday, April 14, 2022. Purchasing power, pensions, environment, education, institutional reform, health, employment, transport, public Services… For an hour, the head of state, who was fighting for a second term, answered the listeners of France Bleu from Le Havre. Here’s what to remember.
“The word genocide must be put into perspective by lawyers”
Asked about the situation in Ukraine and the fact that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is asking him to qualify the abuses committed by the Russian army as “genocide”, Emmanuel Macron defended his position: “France is next to Ukraine, France is the country that helped Ukraine the most to equip itself for defense between 2014 and 2020.”he said.
“Words have meaning and we all have to be very careful because obviously my role is to try to make peace, definitely to stop this war and that’s why Avoid escalation at all costs and to protect French men and women from a widening of the war”.
“Now we’ve all been hit by it Pictures of Boucha last week”, he added. “We were all struck by the scenes we see in Mariupol, which France has condemned in no uncertain terms. We sent judges and gendarmes to help Ukraine document these war crimes and start trials. That’s how we have to do it. The word genocide has a meaning and the word genocide must today be qualified by lawyers, not politicians. And I get everyone’s attention. If it is genocide, the states that consider it genocide must intervene according to international convention. Is that what people want? Does that mean becoming combative? I do not think so.”
No expansion of wind power “without advice”
Questioned by an auditor on the development of wind power on land and at sea, the head of state wants to supply the country in particular fifty offshore wind farms to the “Aim for 40 gigawatts in operation by 2050”tried to calm down: “We will never deploy wind turbines at sea without consulting scientists, fishermen and everyone who shares this use of the sea. This both to preserve the ecosystems from a scientific point of view and biodiversity, and to allow fishermen to do their job “, he assured.
“France is lagging behind in the expansion of renewable energies”, he continued “and we need it to produce this low-carbon electricity, but it will also allow us to create jobs,” he insisted. “Our desire is not just to create renewable energy on our soil, but to have a sector that produces it and allows us to do that create jobs and not to import from the end of the world.”
“Ms. Le Pen’s plan to completely phase out renewable energies and replace them with nuclear power plants (…) makes no sense in terms of time”emphasized Emmanuel Macron, “Because a nuclear power plant that we decide on today will go into operation at best in 2035, so it will not cover any needs for the next 15 years. In the project I lead, there are both.” [nucléaire et renouvelable] because we need both. Phasing out renewable energy today is a complete mistake, we would be the only country in the world that would do so. Ms Le Pen’s project would result in the closure of the Le Havre company, wiping out jobs, and hundreds of millions of euros would be spent on dismantling existing wind turbines, which I can tell is a practice of ‘taxpayer money scrutiny’.
Purchasing power bonus “raised to 6,000 euros from this summer”
Emmanuel Macron was also asked about purchasing power, the central theme of this presidential campaign. “Purchasing power is prices and a salary. And I think the most important measure to continue to respond to the problems of purchasing power is to continue creating jobs and to get to full employment in our country.”replied the President Karim, staff representative in a transport company and auditor of France Bleu.
Regarding the current inflation “In the coming weeks, the minimum wage will be raised, probably by 2.4-2.6%.”reminded Emmanuel Macron after defending his record. “Then I want to set up employee dividend (…) that is, when a company works, it pays dividends to its shareholders” and his staff. “If there are dividends, they must be either a profit share or the payment of a purchasing power premium. This purchasing power bonus was created three years ago. It is limited to 1,000 euros. What I want to do this summer is carry up to 6,000 euros with no fees for the employer and no taxes for the worker, the worker. In this way you ensure that if the shareholders become rich because business is going well, the boss either has to pay a profit share or the purchasing power bonus of up to 6,000 euros.
Let AESH work for 35 hours
Questioned by Nathalie, chartered accountant, on the remuneration of persons accompanying students with disabilities (AESH), Emmanuel Macron again defended his balance sheet: “What have we done in the last five years? We hired more carers for children with disabilities. Many did not have permanent contracts, they were contract workers or short-time workers. So we tried to give temporary contracts that were very badly or very badly paid a status, a framework, stability as much as possible.
“During those five years, we’ve created more jobs, we’ve stabilized jobs, and we’ve allowed ourselves to assign status and eliminate precariousness. This means that in five years we have enabled 100,000 more children per year to go to school. That means we’ve gone from a little over 300,000 children who were in a situation of disability and who went to school at the beginning of the five-year-old to 400,000 today.” said the President.
“What’s Not Enough” he admitted, “today there are some of our compatriots who do this work and are discouraged because full-time jobs are rare and few AESH earn minimum wage.the head of state acknowledged before outlining his proposals: “What’s in my program for the next five years – it’s a real investment because it costs a lot of public money – is to enable our carers of children with disabilities able to work 35 hours. That means being able to accompany the extra-curricular time, recognizing the accompaniment of cafeteria and after-school time, to be able to do homework, to be able to work 35 hours and thus go from minimum wage part-time to a full-time smic.”