Gabriel Attal “totally assumes responsibility” for his reform and defends a social mannequin “oriented more towards activity than towards inactivity” | EUROtoday

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Gabriel Attal in his office, in Matignon, April 4, 2024.

Gabriel Attal is making an attempt to rectify the state of affairs. This Thursday, April 4, when the Prime Minister receives The world, the home windows of his workplace, on the primary flooring of the Hôtel de Matignon, are large open. The spring climate turns stormy. Literally as figuratively. The unemployment insurance coverage reform, which the tenant of Rue de Varenne introduced every week earlier, arouses criticism from all sides. The left opposition criticizes the federal government for making financial savings “on the backs of the unemployed”.

The slingshot reaches the presidential camp. Voices are being raised, like these of the President (Renaissance) of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet and the previous Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, now a member of Parliament for Calvados, expressing shock at a reform which contradicts the countercyclical spirit of that of 2023 – the Prime Minister's challenge might scale back the period of advantages whereas unemployment begins to rise once more. The debate is heating up. The day earlier than, within the Council of Ministers, Emmanuel Macron was fearful about this, calling for ” sense “ within the narrative of presidency motion.

Gabriel Attal does so. “It is not an economic reform, it is a reform of activity and prosperity”, assures the Prime Minister. If this challenge was revealed similtaneously the announcement of an uncommon price range deficit, at 5.5% of gross home product, it’s pure coincidence. The deliberate initiative appeared within the litany of measures promised by the pinnacle of presidency throughout his normal coverage declaration in January.

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“I fully assume responsibility. I was appointed to act. There will be an unemployment insurance reform in 2024 », affirms the tenant of Rue de Varenne, who claims to have the support of a majority of deputies from his camp. Since his arrival in Matignon, Gabriel Attal has received some 150 elected officials from the presidential coalition and spoke with around thirty right-wing deputies on Wednesday evening, who guaranteed him their support.

The spirit of the reform is to achieve full employment, the Macronist Holy Grail, he said. ” We passed [depuis 2017] from 9.6% to 7.5% unemployment. This historic decline was not achieved by magic. This is the fruit of our reforms, particularly of unemployment insurance,” he blurted.

Respond to the concerns of the French

In response to Elisabeth Borne who praises in a tweet published the same morning the benefits of his previous countercyclical reform, the head of government points out that“he is committed to remaining within this logic while evolving its parameters”. And he emphasizes that “the Banque de France anticipates a strong economic rebound in 2025, when the reform will come into full force”.

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