MACRON PROGRAM. From pension reform to education, including the goal of full employment by 2027, Emmanuel Macron has focused his presidential campaign on a few strong points. Here are the key points of Emmanuel Macron’s program for these 2022 presidential elections.
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[Mis à jour le 11 avril 2022 à 16h20] Emmanuel Macron will be present at the rendezvous of the second round of the presidential elections. The outgoing president qualified with 27.84% of the vote, according to Home Office figures released Monday, April 11, a day after the first round. Emmanuel Macron meets Marine Le Pen again‘a campaign between two rounds that promises to be more uncertain than 2017.
During an express campaign ahead of the first round, the LREM candidate put forward several proposals, some of which have enlivened the debates: raising the statutory retirement age to 65 or making the RSA pay for an integration activity of 15 to 20 hours per week are among them . On purchasing power, an issue he detailed Sunday night in his first-round evening speech as a sort of catch-up or awareness, Emmanuel Macron seemed less active than his rival Marine Le Pen, who has made it key to his Dynamics in recent weeks.
The most important point that Emmanuel Macron makes in his program so far is the tripling of the extraordinary purchasing power bonus. This bonus, also known as the PEPA bonus, is paid out by employers to their employees on a voluntary basis. If the candidate Macron is re-elected, it could rise from 1,000 euros to 3,000 euros. Its program is public and available online in its entirety and can be found below, but you can find the summary by topic below.
What is Macron’s retirement plan?
This is one of the most contentious points in Emmanuel Macron’s program and arguably the most commented on since he entered the campaign: pension reform, which he failed to complete during his five-year tenure. . Emmanuel Macron is aiming for a different reform this time, which can be summarized in a few points.
- Maintain pay-as-you-go system
- Gradual shift of the statutory retirement age to 65 with an increase of 4 months per year from 2023 to 2032. A person born in 1961 could retire at 62 years and 4 months in 2023 or 2024, versus 62 years for one Person born in 1961 retiring in 2023. The generation born in 1969 would retire at 65.
- “Taking into account long careers” and the “reality of work and tasks”, ie a possibility of recognizing hardship, but via “individualised” factors.
- Raising the minimum full-rate pension to EUR 1,100 per month.
What is Macron’s plan for the RSA?
Several employment and professional integration measures have been announced by Emmanuel Macron, but one in particular has attracted attention: linking the payment of the RSA to an integration measure.
- The activated solidarity income, the RSA, would thus be linked to the achievement of 15 to 20 hours of activity per week with the goal of professional integration.
- “The RSA comes from the RMI. We’ve forgotten, but it’s the ‘i’ of integration. There’s the idea that you had to work to fit in (…). but we don’t accompany it,” he explained in the face of the controversy in an interview with M6 at the end of March. “I’m not for slavery,” he then quipped, before specifying that if these hours were “a job,” ” at least paid the minimum wage”.
What is Macron’s employment and work program?
In addition to the RSA, Emmanuel Macron presented several measures with one goal: full employment in 2027. As a reminder, the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that full employment is achieved when the unemployment rate is below 5%.
- The transformation of Pôle emploi into a “one-stop shop” called France Travail, to simplify procedures and limit the number of interlocutors.
- Continuation of unemployment insurance reform.
- Reforming the time savings account into a portable and universal device. It would give you the option to take your vacation and the RTT or put them in an account to use towards your retirement or cash them out.
- Benefits are paid directly into beneficiaries’ bank accounts, with the twin aims of fighting fraud and helping beneficiaries receive the benefits they are entitled to. “I want to help all French people who do not have access to this aid when they are entitled to it because it is too complicated or involves too many steps,” he summarized. Aids such as the RSA, the activity bonus, but also family allowances would be affected.
- Development of vocational education in higher education.
What is Macron’s purchasing power program?
To Marine Le Pen, who put it at the center of her campaign, and to opinion polls that put the issue of purchasing power as the main issue in the vote of the French in the first round (source: Ipsos – Sopra Steria for Radio France, France Télévisions, France24/RFI /MCD, Public Sénat/LCP National Assembly and Le Parisien – Today in France) Emmanuel Macron appeared withdrawn on the subject of purchasing power. However, the candidate largely mentioned this point in his speech after the first round and should communicate more about his proposals. Here are the most important points:
- A tripling of the extraordinary purchasing power bonus, the “Macron bonus” free and tax-free, to increase it to a maximum of 6,000 euros.
- Retaining “if prices continue to rise” the discount of 18 cents/litre fuel introduced in April.
Macron’s program on taxes and taxation
- Increase in the inheritance allowance to 150,000 euros per child and 100,000 euros for additional family members.
- Abolition of the TV fee of 138 euros per year.
Macron’s program on ecology
Regarding ecology and the environment, Emmanuel Macron intends to link this issue to the imperatives born of the war in Ukraine: ensuring France’s energy independence.
- To this end, the mix is to be strengthened through the development of nuclear, solar and wind power, as well as the construction of six new next-generation nuclear power plants and the development of fifty offshore wind farms by 2050.
- Introduction of a CO2 tax at the borders of Europe.
- Proposal for an electric car leasing system for low-income households.
- Promote energy savings through the energy renovation of 700,000 homes per year.
Macron’s health program
In terms of health, and after a five-year term marked by the Covid-19 health crisis, Emmanuel Macron promises “massive reinforcements” in medical deserts and a new distribution of simple tasks so that doctors can buy time: nurses and pharmacists could, for example, renew a prescription . In addition, there are the following suggestions:
- In nursing homes, Macron promises to hire 50,000 nurses and nurses.
- Recruitment plan for nursing assistants and nurses in the hospital.
- A complete and free health check at key ages (25, 45 and 60 years)
- Development of teleconsultation.
- Better regulation of the establishment of doctors throughout the territory.
- Relocation of drug production to France.
Macron’s educational program
The outgoing president wants to make school a priority in his second five-year term.
- Increasing the number of hours taught in the so-called core subjects: French and mathematics in primary and sixth grade and bringing mathematics back into the common core in sixth form.
- Increase physical education lessons by 30 minutes per day in primary school and add 2 more hours of physical education per week in high school.
- Increasing teachers salaries against “new missions”. These must be defined in a consultation.
- Greater institutional autonomy, greater freedom in recruiting teachers.
- Professional awareness and orientation: “All children will discover several professions from 5th to 3rd place, including technical and manual trades”.
- Transformation of the vocational high school based on the apprenticeship model to the “Path of Excellence”. More internship times in companies (+50%) and remuneration for these times.
Macron program on culture
Emmanuel Macron acknowledges in the preamble of his program: “Too many citizens do not have access to culture”.
- Development of the culture pass of 500 euros for all 18-year-olds.
- Library openings in the evenings and on Sundays.
- Investing in the French creative and cultural industries through a €200 million investment fund to be used to support creation through public procurement and to protect copyright and related rights.
Security, inequality… The other measures of Macron’s program
- In order to become an independent nation, the La République en Marche candidate is counting on France’s defense capabilities and plans to strengthen themarmy to better adapt it to new challenges and new dangers. He also promises to continue increasing the Defense Department’s budget, as he did in his first five-year term. Independence is also the ability to meet one’s food, energy, health, and other needs through improvement in manufacturing, agricultural, and industrial policies.
- About the company United, the Federal President wants to fight social inequalities at the root. He is also striving for better inclusion of people with disabilities, especially children with disabilities, in schools by improving the situation of the people accompanying students with disabilities. She is making gender equality a goal of her program again, with better care for women’s health, like her program for endometriosis, and single-parent families, often women, with a doubling of aid
- The Republican Pact unifies the Shutters’ reforms secure, judiciary and administration. Significant recruitment is envisaged with the creation of 200 gendarmerie brigades, the increase in police staff, but also the recruitment of 8,500 judges throughout France. Among other things, the pact would ensure simplification of procedures, the reduction of file processing times and the review of the effectiveness of sanctions. Administration will also be “drastically simplified”.
Complete program by Emmanuel Macron as PDF
If you want to know more details and see all the actions proposed by candidate Emmanuel Macron, you can find them online on his campaign page. You can find his creed here and his detailed program (24 pages) here.