PECRESS PROGRAM. Valérie Pécresse proposes a program of “order in the accounts and on the street”. Here is the summary of his project, including its main economic, cultural and educational measures.
Valérie Pécresse is running for the first time in the presidential election, she is the first woman to represent the historic party of the French right. In particular, she promises “twice as much savings” (84 billion euros) as expenses (42 billion) for her five-year term. Overview of the different measures proposed by the candidate LR for these presidential elections 2022, also available in PDF.
This Sunday evening at 8 p.m. we will have the results of the candidates detailed city by city. Our teams are mobilizing to bring you the results of the votes in your cities, even small towns. You therefore know the score obtained by the candidate LR in the different geographical areas of France. We will also reveal France’s abstention rate, which is estimated to be even higher than the last election (remember, it was 22.23% in the first round and 25.44% in the second round of the 2017 presidential election), as well as the Participation rate, which is likely to be lower compared to 2017 (remember, it was 77.77% in the first round and 74.56% in the second round of the 2017 presidential election).
Valérie Pécresse presented herself at the beginning of the election campaign as the candidate who could snatch the election from Emmanuel Macron and confidently started the race for the highest title. The president of the Ile-de-France region, running for the first time, is running for her Les Républicains party after being invested in the right-wing primary in December 2021. In the second round, she took first place, beating the more radical Éric Ciotti at 60.95% versus 39.05%. Since then, all members of the party that defeated her in that primary have given her their support (namely Éric Ciotti, Xavier Bertrand, Philippe Juvin and Michel Barnier) and have even taken the stage at their meetings. After an eventful campaign marked by complicated moments, notably its Zenith meeting in mid-February or its adoption of the set of current values for the values debate on March 22, it emerges weakened, falling below the 10% mark of voting intentions, while it was just under 20% in January. It remains to be seen whether the “candidate to do”, which presents itself as the official legatee of the right, will have defeated the French.
Fiscal discipline is the line defended for whichBusiness, by Valérie Pécresse, who accuses Emmanuel Macron of “burning the register”. To fund its priorities, it is advancing €76 billion in spending cuts over the five-year term and aims to return to a “3 percent deficit” by 2027. His main sources of savings lie in the fight against tax and social security fraud, amounting to 15 billion euros, the reduction of “ineffective aid for companies” (15 billion), the pension reform (14 billion) and above all the reduction of 200,000 civil servant jobs (15.5 Billion euro). Valérie Pécresse vowed to achieve such a reduction in “administrative management” with the creation of 50,000 jobs in the hospital, judiciary and education sectors.
For the Culture, Candidate LR focuses on arts and cultural education (EAC). She wants to “develop school trips and connect each school to a cultural institution in its area”. In addition, “all cultural structures supported by public funds” must develop an EAC policy. On the creation side, Valérie Pécresse wants “to oblige every major Parisian cultural institution to devote a significant part of its budget to the dissemination of its creations throughout France”. If elected, the candidate will launch “a policy of hiring young creators in favor of museums outside of Paris”, provided that the works created circulate on the territory.
In terms oftraining, the candidate wants to give institutions, including high schools, more “autonomy”. She wants to build on “voluntary work” and ensure that “every institution can demand new skills, new freedoms”. The candidate also proposes the creation of “innovative public institutions, 100% autonomous, public and free”, inspired by “charter schools” in the United States. They allow teachers to be freely recruited. The students themselves are not selected, but may be expelled for non-compliance with the “charter” signed with the institution. Valérie Pécresse also wants to “set a ceiling [d’élèves] non-French speakers per class to ensure the quality of learning”.
- Among the other measures of the candidate LR we find the 10% increase in wages Net personal income of up to 2.2 SMIC, announced at the end of summer 2021. Since then, however, Valérie Pécresse has revised her promise, mainly due to pressure from employers. In its new version, the state will finance a 2.4 percentage point reduction in old-age contributions for employees from the summer of 2022, with the direct result of a 3% increase in net wages. This measure, aimed at improving the purchasing power of the French, will affect everyone, although high salaries, for which these contributions are limited, will see a less pronounced increase.
- Another measure aimed at increasing the purchasing power of the French: the tax exemption of overtime without limit or ceiling. Because after François Hollande gave up, tax-free overtime was reintroduced in January 2019 by Emmanuel Macron. The goal then was to make a gesture while the Yellow Vests’ anger was in full swing. However, an upper limit of 5,000 net taxable euros per year was chosen. It is essentially this ceiling that Valérie Pécresse wants to break.
- Valérie Pécresse also wants to release everyone Follow up to 200,000 euros per child. He would thus double the amount from which inheritances are taxed today. “I am depriving 95% of the French of the right to inherit”, stressed in particular the candidate LR in the columns of Figaro. Note, however, how Le Monde reports that already today 85% of the French are actually liberated. In the same inheritance file, Valérie Pécresse also indicated that she wanted to increase the limit on lifetime gifts from tax-exempt donors. She leads, each parent can donate 100,000 euros every six years during their lifetime, compared to the current 15 years. A measure that would also affect grandchildren.
- Regarding the security, Valérie Pécresse has several flagship actions. One of them is the provision of five billion euros for the equipment of police officers. Valérie Pécresse also wants to restore the automatic minimum penalties. Violent repeat offenders and drug dealers would be affected. The candidate from the Les Républicains party would also like to create the so-called “punch” brigades in “difficult neighborhoods”, with recourse to the military “if necessary”. When she was invited to the grand jury of RTL, Le Figaro and LCI on December 5, she named no fewer than “62 republican reconquest zones”.
- above l’immigration, the candidate Les Républicains indicated that she wanted to limit immigration with “admission quotas by occupation and by country”. “Uncontrolled immigration without integration can upset a society. Let’s introduce quotas that will be decided by Parliament every year,” she confided to Figaro in July 2021. Candidate LR also wants to abolish the payment of social benefits to all foreigners. If she settles in the Élysée, Valérie Pécresse proposes that these benefits be linked to “five years of regular residence”.
- Regarding ecology and Environment, Valérie Pécresse has announced that he wants to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The self-described “results ecologist” also suggests ramping up existing nuclear power plants and building six EPRs or decarbonizing public and individual transport.
- On the withdraws, Valérie Pécresse wants to introduce retirement at 65 by 2030. More specifically, on the airwaves of RTL in early January, Valérie Pécresse indicated that she was proposing to “rise very gradually to 65 years, obviously not for the French who are exhausted from their work and I propose that Minimum contribution up to re-evaluate the net minimum wage, ie today 1,230 euros.
- Finally on the front of the healthValérie Pécresse would like to recruit 25,000 nurses in the public hospital in five years.
If you want to know more details and see all the actions proposed by candidate Valérie Pécresse, you can find them online on her campaign page. You can find his program here.