French President Emmanuel Macron, December 22, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris
Emmanuel Macron will present Sunday evening his first televised greetings to the French to promise a continuation of reforms at a steady pace, while all signals are currently green.
It will not be „a river speech“. The wishes of December 31 at 8 pm are a televised tradition of presidents since De Gaulle, Georges Pompidou having been the shortest, with three minutes in 1969.
France Télévisions indicated that these wishes would be broadcast „on France 2, France 3, France Info TV and web and most French television channels and radios, as usual“. TF1 is also preparing for a broadcast at 20 hours.
Emmanuel Macron should roll out the list of planned reforms, stressing that he wants to maintain a high rhythm. „He will always look to the future, never to the past work … he will propose to the French to continue the action of profound transformation of our country“, according to Christophe Castaner.
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It should therefore recall the planned reform of unemployment insurance, which it wants to extend to self-employed and resigning, the development of vocational training and apprenticeship, the future draft laws on housing, the company, the right to error, justice or food and the fight against violence against women. Internationally, he should recall his ambitions to reform Europe and launch concrete projects, such as the Europe of Defense, and as in all his speeches mention the fight against terrorism.
The exercise will be facilitated by the avalanche of good news in recent days. Unemployment fell in November to its lowest level in three years, a decline that fell sharply against a start of controversy over the increased control of the unemployed. INSEE has raised its growth forecast for 2017 to 1.9% (1.1% in 2016). The Elysee hopes to a point of decline in the unemployment rate at the end of 2018, to 8.5%, according to a consultant.
Politically, the context is cloudless. The popularity of the president, falling in the fall, is significantly raised in the polls, the delicate reform of the labor code as well as the reduction of wealth tax and taxes on financial income passed without strong contestation. And the Constitutional Council has just validated most of the budget.
To convince the public opinion, the executive, which meets in seminar Wednesday, put on a first decline in payroll taxes of employees in early January, visible on the payroll, and on the beginning of the abolition of the tax of 80% of households, despite the parallel rise of the CSG (+1.7 point), which will affect employees and retirees.
The government has also set up a simulator on the internet so that everyone can calculate its gain in purchasing power. It also broadcasts educational clips with the slogan: „It’s going too fast and you do not understand everything? It’s normal, we explain.“