China News Agency, Paris, March 17 (Reporter Li Yang) French President Emmanuel Macron announced his re-election program on the 17th local time, focusing on plans to deal with political and economic issues and French social challenges.

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron.

  Macron chose to announce his re-election platform at a press conference in Aubervilliers, a northern suburb of Paris, on the same day.

At the 4-hour press conference, Macron highlighted a series of reforms he will take.

  Macron stressed the need to continue to promote reform of the French retirement system.

He said that if he was re-elected, he would push back the legal retirement age in France from the current 62 to 65, while setting a minimum pension of 1,100 euros a month.

He pointed out that France is an aging society and working longer hours is normal, especially given the pressure on public finances.

  The reform of the retirement system is one of the important contents of the French economic and social reform promoted by Macron.

After the French official released the key points of the retirement system reform in 2019, it has attracted attention from all walks of life in France.

Several trade unions were dissatisfied with the reform and launched a general strike at the end of 2019.

Due to the outbreak of the new crown epidemic in 2020, the reform of the retirement system has not been able to continue.

  On economic issues, Macron proposed a total of 15 billion euros in tax cuts aimed at reducing the burden on households and businesses.

He said he would continue to promote employment and reform the labor market to achieve the goal of "full employment" for the French within five years.

He also pledged to provide financial support for measures related to climate change.

  On defense issues, Macron said he would increase investment in the military and increase the number of reservists.

He wants to increase the French defense budget to 50 billion euros by 2025.

In the field of education, Macron proposed to increase teachers' salaries and "close the distance between home and school".

  The 2022 French presidential election is scheduled for the first round on April 10 and the second round on April 24.

If no one obtains an absolute majority in the first round of elections, a second round of elections will be held, and one of the top two candidates with the leading votes in the first round of elections will be elected as president.

  According to the latest poll released on the 17th, Macron's support rate in the first round of voting remained at 30%, continuing to rank first; the far-right party "National League" candidate Marine Le Pen ranked with 17.5% support rate In second place, Mélenchon, the candidate of the far-left party "Indomitable France", came in third with 12.5%.

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