Xavier Bertrand at La Ville-aux-Bois-lès-Dizy, May 17, 2020. - Stephane Lemouton -POOL / SIPA

The message from the ex-LR president of the Hauts-de-France region is clear: “people do not expect lyrical flights but concrete measures. The absolute urgency is employment, employment, employment! " Xavier Bertrand therefore believes that it is necessary "to go much faster" in the economic recovery of the country so that it is able to absorb "the first shock of the crisis" at the start of the school year.

A “job access contract for young people”

“We were promised a massive plan for youth employment by early July. There is still nothing, "deplores in the Sunday Journal the potential presidential candidate in 2022. He thus suggests that measures be voted as early as July in the amending finance bill under discussion in Parliament.

Xavier Bertrand notably offers a “job access contract for young people” in exchange for bonuses and exemption from charges for companies, costing around 10 billion euros. "It is important, but economic and social collapse is a much more serious and imminent danger than debt," according to the former Minister of Labor. He also suggests "an income-training guarantee" for the self-employed, a drop in VAT in catering and construction to 5.5% and the cancellation of charges for very small businesses (VSEs). He also mentioned the possibility of a “labor loan” to “transfer employees from one sector of activity to another much more easily, with their agreement, for a given time”.

Against the implementation of the unemployment insurance reform

On the other hand, Xavier Bertrand says he is opposed to the implementation of the unemployment insurance reform, which "will make the unemployed more precarious" and that of pensions which is "neither clear, nor courageous, nor just". He therefore expects Emmanuel Macron, who must specify his course in a television interview on July 14, to "tell the truth" about "employment and the health crisis" and to "confirm that France will be the first country in the world to be served with the vaccine from Sanofi, a French company. ”

Finally, from Prime Minister Jean Castex, his former chief of staff, Xavier Bertrand assures that “he is someone good, who reveals everything that Emmanuel Macron is not. Jean Castex has a local roots and his feet on the ground, when the President prefers lyrical flights ”.


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Who is Jean Castex, the former “deconfinement” man appointed Prime Minister?

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