the risks and inconsistencies of Marine Le Pen’s economic program

She assures him that she has changed. Your attitude, your pedagogical remarks, your smile of circumstance: the Marine Le Pen 2022 is no longer that of 2017, whose gross numerical errors and incoherent performance during the debate between the two rounds had led to a defeat at the polls. The economic program has also evolved: exit, exit from the euro or pure pension at 60 years of age.

Make room for a declared desire ” protection “ the French, and seemingly tempting proposals on purchasing power (cutting the VAT on energy and fuels, abolishing this tax on basic necessities, retiring at 60 with forty pensions for people who before 20 had a 10 percent wage increase up to three times the minimum wage, etc.) .

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Objective: to seduce their preferred constituency, the working class – according to a Sopra Steria poll of 10th and 25% for La France insoumise candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

But even if Jean-Marie Le Pen’s daughter’s program and image were monitored, her fiscal and social promises raise several questions and face numerous legal, political and economic obstacles.

1. Unconstitutional Measures

The RN candidate, who has chosen the slogan “For all French” for the second round, plans to start her mandate with a referendum to establish a plebiscite “national priority” particularly in relation to employment, assistance and social housing.

It will also be about making solidarity payments dependent on five years of work in France and withdrawing the residence permit of any foreigner who has not worked for a year. So many provisions that violate the Constitution. In other words, it would trigger an unprecedented institutional crisis.

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But without this law, the foundations of their program crumble like a house of cards. In economic terms, it loses its main source of funding, namely the abolition of non-contributory social benefits for foreigners (active solidarity income, disability allowance, family allowance, specific solidarity surcharge, old-age allowance and state medical aid), which it estimates at 16 billion euros – the Federal Family Benefits Fund and the Court of Auditors estimate the sum around 6 billion euros more.

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