economy, culture, education… The summary

PECRESS PROGRAM. Valérie Pécresse proposes a program “of order in the accounts and in the street”. Here is the summary of her project, with among others her main measures for the economy, culture and education.

Valérie Pécresse is running for the first time in the presidential elections, she is the first woman to represent the historical party of the French right. In particular, she promises “double savings” (84,000 million euros) than expenses (42,000 million) for her five-year term. Summary of the various measures proposed by the LR candidate for this 2022 presidential election, also available in PDF.

Budgetary rigor is the line defended, by theeconomy, by Valérie Pécresse, who accuses Emmanuel Macron “of having burned the cash register”. To finance his priorities, he advances 76,000 million euros in spending cuts in the five-year period and wants to return to “3% deficit in 2027.” Its main sources of savings are found in the fight against tax and social fraud, amounting to 15,000 million euros, the reduction of “ineffective aid to companies” (15,000 million), the reform of pensions (14,000 million) and, above all, the abolition of 200,000 civil servant positions (15,500 million euros). Valérie Pécresse swears that she can achieve such reductions in “administration” with, in return, the creation of 50,000 jobs in hospital, justice and education.

For the culture, the LR candidate emphasizes arts and cultural education (EAC). He wants to “develop school outings and match each school with a cultural establishment in his territory.” 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 establishment to dedicate a significant part of its budget to the distribution of its creations throughout France.” If he is elected, the candidate will undertake “a policy of commissioning young creators in favor of museums outside of Paris”, provided that the works created circulate in the territory.

In terms ofeducation, the candidate wants to give more “autonomy” to establishments, including secondary schools. He wants to be based on “volunteering” and ensures that “each establishment will be able to ask for new skills, new freedoms.” The candidate also proposes the creation of “innovative public establishments, 100% autonomous, public and free”, inspired by the “charter schools” of the United States. They allow the free hiring of teachers. The students themselves are not selected, but can be excluded in case of non-compliance with the “charter” signed with the establishment. Valérie Pécresse also wants to “establish a ceiling [d’élèves] non-Francophones per class, to guarantee the quality of learning”.

  • Among the other measures of the LR candidate, we find the 10% increase in wages net private income of up to 2.2 SMIC, announced in late summer 2021. However, Valérie Pécresse has since revised her promise, under pressure from employers in particular. In its new version, the State will finance from the summer of 2022 a drop of 2.4 points in the old-age contributions of employees, with the direct consequence of an increase of 3% in net salaries. This measure, which aims to improve the purchasing power of the French, will affect everyone, although high wages, for which these contributions are limited, will see a less substantial increase.
  • Another measure aimed at increasing the purchasing power of the French: the tax exemption of overtime without restriction or ceiling. Because after being dumped by François Hollande, Emmanuel Macron reinstated tax-exempt overtime in January 2019. The goal at the time was to make a gesture while the anger of the yellow vests was in full swing. However, it had been decided to limit it to 5,000 net taxable euros per year. It is essentially this ceiling that Valérie Pécresse proposes to blow up.
  • Valérie Pécresse also wishes to exempt all estates up to 200,000 euros per child. Therefore, it would double the amount on which the inheritance is taxed today. “I eliminate the inheritance rights for 95% of the French”, highlighted in particular the LR candidate in the columns of Figaro. However, keep in mind, as Le Monde reports, that today already 85% of the French are exempt. In this same probate file, Valérie Pécresse also indicated that she wanted to raise the ceiling on living gifts from tax-exempt donors. She presides, each father will be able to give 100,000 euros, during his life, every six years, compared to the current 15 years. A measure that would also worry the grandchildren.
  • In terms of security, Valérie Pécresse has several emblematic measurements. One of them is to release five billion euros to equip the police. Valérie Pécresse also wants to restore automatic minimum sentences. Violent repeat offenders and drug traffickers would be affected. The Les Républicains party candidate would also like to create so-called “punch” brigades, with recourse to the military “if necessary”, in “difficult neighborhoods”. She invited to the Grand Jury of RTL, Le Figaro and LCI on December 5, she had mentioned nothing less than “62 republican reconquest zones”.
  • About immigration, the Les Républicains candidate indicated that she wanted to limit immigration with “reception quotas by profession and by country”. “Uncontrolled immigration without integration can dislocate a society. Let us introduce quotas voted each year by Parliament”, she confided to Figaro in July 2021. The LR candidate also wants to abolish the payment of social benefits to all foreigners. If she settles at the Elysée, Valérie Pécresse proposes to make these benefits conditional on “five years of habitual residence”.
  • With respect to ecology and the environment, Valérie Pécresse has announced that she wants to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The self-styled “results ecologist” also proposes relaunching existing nuclear power plants and building six EPRs, or decarbonising public and individual transport.
  • Over the withdrawalsValérie Pécresse wants to introduce retirement at 65 years old by 2030. She will have to work longer”. Specifically, on the RTL airwaves, at the beginning of January, Valérie Pécresse indicated that she proposed “going up to 65 years old very gradually, obviously not to the French who are worn out by their work and I propose to revalue the contributory minimum up to the net minimum wage, that is to say 1,230 euros today.
  • Finally, on the front of the HealthValérie Pécresse would like to recruit 25,000 caregivers in five years at the public hospital.

If you want to have more details and see all the measures proposed by the candidate Valérie Pécresse, you are online, on her campaign site. Find your program here.

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