“I’m ready to move”, “we have to move”… Ahead of the second round of presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron is multiplying promises of a reversal in his political line. For the outgoing head of state, the goal is clear: to listen to the concerns of the French and thus seduce the broad and left-wing electorate. Franceinfo takes a look back at how the Elysée tenant is doing “move” its line, at the edge.
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On pension reform: “I’m ready to move”
The day after the first lap, during a trip to Denain (Pas-de-Calais), where Marine Le Pen was clearly ahead, Emmanuel Macron said he was ready “move” on pension reform. “When There’s Too Much Tension” and “It can create consensus”could be the presidential candidate “to open the door” a shift in the retirement age to 64 instead of 65. “I’m willing to change the relationship over time and say that if I sense too much fear among people, we won’t necessarily do reform by 2030. Because we can’t say ‘I want to gather’ on Sunday night and when we go and listen to people say ‘I’m not moving’.”he reasoned
The pension reform project triggered long transport strikes in autumn 2019. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the majority presented pension reform as the “Mother of Reforms”. The project, which had been dormant for nearly two years, was put back on the table in early March during the outgoing president’s program presentation, sparking new tensions.
Given the unpopularity of his reform, Emmanuel Macron is now showing an open stance. Which the RN candidate urges to be taken with caution. “Here’s a man telling us: ‘I can use the referendum’ when he hasn’t used it in five years.”Marine Le Pen reacted to France Inter and denounced them “a profoundly unjust reform”. according to her “Nothing can be expected from Emmanuel Macron in this area, he will pursue this obsession”.
“We have often talked about the chameleon president, since he becomes a weathervane”, criticized the communicator Emilie Zapalski on franceinfo. For Vincent Martigny, professor of political science at the University of Nice and the Ecole polytechnique, this development is such a divisive issue for the left electorate “may be effective”. Asked about franceinfo, he believes that Emmanuel Macron is not “Not used to negotiations, compromises”. according to him “very often”says the LREM candidate:“I listen, I hear all opinions and in the end I decide.” This time, “he is somehow forced to do things differently, which is not trivial for him”.
Disability benefit: “We have to move”
On Friday, Emmanuel Macron was interviewed on franceinfo about the deconjugation of adult disabled allowance (AAH). The AAH is intended to compensate for the inability to work. It has more than 1.2 million beneficiaries, 270,000 of whom live with a partner. Since April 1, its amount has increased to 919.86 euros from 903.60 euros previously.
Lucie Carrasco, with a disability, told the franceinfo microphone that she would lose this allowance if she married soon. But this help allows him to be financially independent. “What do you recommend ? she asked Emmanuel Macron. Do I follow my heart and marry, but become a burden who, in addition to being physically dependent on my husband, becomes financially dependent, or do I retain my dignity as a woman and my independence? ?”
“Choose love (…) we have to move on from this point”replied the presidential candidate, pointing “An exceptional situation for people with disabilities”. “There are multiple answers, either do this [déconjugaliser l’AAH]or to have an income that allows for sustenance but is unconditional lest there be this now absurd axe.he went ahead.
Lucie Carrasco asks the candidate about the AAH ➡️ “Choose love,” replies Emmanuel Macron. “We have to move on this point,” he assures. pic.twitter.com/IP1ufMDMKc
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Emmanuel Macron’s position comes as a surprise. Not only does the measure not feature in its programme, but the AAH’s deconjugation has been challenged twice by Parliament (particularly by the elected representatives of the majority) and always rejected by the government during its five-year tenure.
Secretary of State for Disabilities Sophie Cluzel argued in June that deconjugating the AAH would cause computer problems, an argument that had drawn her criticism. Met with resistance, Sophie Cluzel also resigned “A miserable view of disability”although activists and associations such as APF France Handicap have been calling for this for many years (PDF). The deconjugation of the AAH (or its individualization) was again rejected by the National Assembly in December 2021. The government considered the measure unfair and saw it as one “Dead end”.
On the tip of the officials: “It will move, it will go up”
Emmanuel Macron was also interviewed on franceinfo on Friday by a woman who has only recently entered the civil service. She is hoping for an increase in the index point for civil servants, which is used to calculate the salaries of 5.5 million civil servants.
“Down to business [d’indice]it will move, it will increase for all officials, but it will be the result of consultation and the work that is being done by the government.said Emmanuel Macron. “We want to carry out a complete reform of the networks and the organization of the public service in the summer, coordinated and negotiated, because the system in categories C, B and A is very rigid and out of breath. There will be a reassessment of the point so that it can accompany the elements of purchasing power.explained the outgoing President.
Estelle, civil servant, questions E. Macron on his civil service measures ➡️ “The minimum index of civil service will be upgraded”, as will the Smic, the presidential candidate announces. “There will be a reassessment of the point,” but he does not name a number. pic.twitter.com/t2a1NlohY3
— Franceinfo (@franceinfo) April 15, 2022
In mid-March, the government announced that the index point would thaw, but rejected this “move” since 2017. Amélie de Montchalin, minister for the transformation of the civil service, had promised a revaluation by next summer to reflect runaway inflation (+4.5% over a year in March). This measure is presented less than a month before the first round of the presidential elections “Not picky, but economical” defended the executive branch.
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Emmanuel Macron refused to quantify this appreciation. But Luc Farré, Secretary General of Unsa-Public Service responded immediately on Twitter, signaling that he’s asking for a 10% raise. Same request from the CGT Union of Territorial Agents (FDSP-CGT) in late March, requesting a “Immediate revaluation of the index point by 10%”. The Secretary General of the CFDT, Laurent Berger, spoke out in favor of an increase at the beginning of April“At least three points”.