Emmanuel Macron’s program emphasizes digital accessibility while strengthening the means to combat cyber threats.
Topping the results of the first round of the presidential election, Emmanuel Macron has qualified for the second round, beating his far-right rival Marine Le Pen.
The candidate and outgoing President proposes a reduced number of measures for digital technology compared to 2017. There are around ten proposals that mainly deal with education and digital equality. For her part, Marine Le Pen has published a brochure on these issues on her campaign website.
To fight illiteracy, Emmanuel Macron calls for the provision of 20,000 guides to “help the French who need them to master digital tools and their daily procedures”.
A measure aimed at supporting the digitization of public services in France, reinforced by Emmanuel Macron from 2017. In 2021, 85% of public services were thus digitized.
Improved parental controls
Regarding digital use by young people, Emmanuel Macron’s program aims to increase parental control for “children’s screens” offered in the installation. In fact, this measure included in the candidate’s program was already adopted in January 2022 by the majority deputies.
By setting the goal of “restricting access to social networks for the youngest”, the candidate implicitly registers the fight against cyberbullying that the government has been putting forward in recent months.
The educational measures also include “learning digital uses and computer codes from the fifth grade” in college.
As in 2017, Emmanuel Macron reiterated his desire for full fiber optic coverage of the territory by 2025 to combat white areas in France.
Connected medicine and cyber security
It also proposes an increase in teleconsultation to combat medical deserts, a practice very widespread during the Covid-19 crisis. For patients with chronic diseases, the candidate is considering “personalized and networked support” using the example of remote blood glucose monitoring.
Finally, in the military context, the presidential candidate wants to “act in the face of new threats” and mentions the importance of “strengthening the army” against cyber threats, an issue more relevant than ever in the context of the war in Ukraine.
At the same time, the program proposes an “increase in the resources of the National Agency for the Security of Information Systems” (Anssi), again to combat cyber-attacks targeting companies in the territory.
As he explained during a press conference on March 17, Emmanuel Macron’s goal is to build “a European metaverse,” those places that mix the virtual and the real and that are the new prerogative of tech giants like Meta. Measures that actually consist of supporting the video game industry in France were then specified by the candidate’s team to BFMTV.
In the same context, the candidate recalled his desire to “guarantee European technological autonomy” by acquiring “essential infrastructures” such as a fleet of satellites, as is done overseas, and a cloud (online storage service).