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Catherine Vautrin, Minister of Labor, Health and Solidarity, in her office, in Paris, April 4, 2024.

Since becoming a member of the federal government, Catherine Vautrin has not been idle. A dizzying pile of recordsdata rises within the workplace of the Hôtel du Châtelet, positioned rue de Grenelle, in Paris, the place she took up residence on January 11. Recently, two main themes have been of nice curiosity to the Minister of Labor, Health and Solidarity: the reform of unemployment insurance coverage and the regulation referring to the tip of life, the examination of which in public session begins on Monday 27 May to the National Assembly.

But there are numerous different questions on which the previous elected consultant of Les Républicains (LR), aligned with Macronie, is working: “act II” of the transformation of the employment market, the financing wants of hospitals, the creation of start depart… Her schedule is properly full. So busy that lots of her interlocutors remorse that she is just part-time on the “work” facet of her job. François Hommeril, the president of the CFE-CGC, even gave him this little jab stuffed with irony, throughout a press convention: “I assumed I understood that, for a number of months, [le ministère du travail] was closed. »

From the beginning, the extent of his duties struck folks's minds. In January, Catherine Vautrin deployed on a number of fronts, from investments within the healthcare system to the event of a regulation on outdated age, together with the time that kids dedicate to screens or evolution of the foundations on paid depart. “Its prerogatives are so broad that they virtually recall to mind the empire of Charles V on which the solar by no means setdeclares Raymond Soubie, president of the Alixio group and social advisor to Nicolas Sarkozy when he was on the Elysée (2007-2012). Bringing collectively work, well being and solidarity in the identical portfolio is kind of distinctive within the historical past of our establishments. »

Slightly equal circumstances have, nevertheless, already offered themselves through the Ve Republic. Example: Xavier Bertrand handled work, employment and well being between November 2010 and May 2012, whereas benefiting from the assistance of a ministry chargeable for skilled coaching and a state secretariat chargeable for well being. May even be talked about the Ministry of Employment and Solidarity, from June 1997 to May 2002, which was flanked, relying on the interval, by two or three delegated ministries (together with one for well being) and a secretariat of State. Responsible for social affairs and employment between March 1986 and May 1988, Philippe Séguin was in a position to depend on a delegated ministry for well being and household and, at instances, on two state secretariats (certainly one of which on Social Security).

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