Jean-Luc Mélenchon: Free Education, World Security and Universal Taxation

As part of our interview series on the presidential election, we welcome Florence Poznanski, head of France Insoumise’s French foreign department, to decipher Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s proposed program for established French outside France.

Florence Poznanski and activists based outside of France during the public gathering on March 20, 2022 at the Place de la République in Paris ©LFI

Deportation seen by Jean-Luc Mélenchon and France Insoumise

We begin, of course, with the party’s internationalist vision, La France Insoumise, and with Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s own career. As a native Moroccan, he therefore experienced this feeling of being “French abroad”.

French people living in the 4 corners of the world, not to be ambassadors of France, as some candidates invite them, but “whistleblowers”, aware of the rights of women and men, like those of nature in the 21st century, a full-fledged role of moral ambitions for our compatriots abroad.

services for citizens

In this podcast we give a lot of space to services for citizens abroad. Role of the consulate, access to French education abroad, health and pension insurance, we study the proposals of the candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

consulates

As Florence Poznanski reminds us, it is the duty of the state to enable French people living outside France to have access to quality public services. For La France Insoumise, the consulate must be the town hall for French expatriates. If the candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is not against dematerialization, he denies that it is an excuse to reduce the staff in the consulates. In the podcast, his representative goes into detail about the specific actions President Mélenchon would take.

French education abroad

Another issue energizing the non-France community of French people is the cost of French education abroad. For Jean-Luc Mélenchon, there is a link between the explosion in tuition fees and the rise of private providers within the network authorized by the Franco-French Agency for Foreign Affairs (AEFE). Florence Poznanski answers this point bluntly: returning to public service and moving towards free access for children of French nationality. You can find all the details on this proposal in the podcast.

social insurance

With Jean-Luc Mélenchon in power, social security would be exported. Around the CFE, rebellious France wants to create a transnational social security that accompanies the French everywhere in the world.

As we can see, therefore, it is an internationalist vision of nationality that is the pillar of politics for the French living outside France. If we find only advantages on a social level, there is also a counterpart.

Taxation: universal tax

To finance all these numerous new expenses, the candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon takes up a proposal he had already made in 2017 and 2012, namely the introduction of a universal tax. An identical project had already been proposed by Nicolas Sarkozy before he quickly abandoned it.

The aim of the La France Insoumise candidate is evidently to put an end to tax exile. If today only a few citizens outside of France are affected, for Jean-Luc Mélenchon the tax exile means a significant “loss of income” for the state. From these new resources, the melancholy team believes they can draw the means to fund the broad social component it offers to French expatriates. We dissect the consequences of this proposal in detail in the podcast.

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  • Mathieu Hutin lives between France and Switzerland. In addition to writing articles and podcasts for Lesfrancais.press, he is Editor-in-Chief of H20 Radio in Savoy.

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