After his plea, Macron returns to the social field

Ⓒ POOL/AFP – ludovic MARIN – | From d. Laurent Berger, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, the Social Councilor of the Presidency Pierre-André Imbert and the Secretary General of the Elysée, Alexis Kohler, on 13 October 2017 in Paris

After defending his reforms to about 10 million viewers Sunday night, Emmanuel Macron will try this week to twist the neck to the image of “president of the rich” with appointments on the fight against poverty, everyday security and “Europe that protects”.

“No blah blah, results”: Richard Ferrand, president of the LREM group in the National Assembly, summed up the state of mind of the presidential camp the day after the first major televised event since the election.

Despite one of the strongest TV audiences of the year, the head of state has struggled to convince. More than six in ten French (61%) who looked at it in part or in whole said they were not convinced, compared with 39% of convinced, 7% “quite”, according to a Harris Interactive survey for RMC. Approval rates increased to 54% among those who viewed the interview in their entirety.

True to his strategy of the movement, Emmanuel Macron warned on Sunday that he would continue his reforms “with the same rhythm and the same determination”. “I will continue to say things, I will continue to breathe the air, to speak with our fellow citizens,” he said on TF1 and LCI, which together totaled 9.8 million viewers.

The head of state will receive on Tuesday at the Élysée associations anti-poverty before visiting a crèche in a neighborhood of Gennevilliers, suburban Paris. The actors in the sector are hoping for concrete announcements, particularly for single mothers.

On Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron will give a big speech on security in front of the representatives of the forces of the order received at the Elysee. He will detail his project of “daily security police”, a new form of police proximity whose first steps are expected in early 2018 after a period of consultation.

This speech will give the president the opportunity to show that he wants to act on one of the main subjects of concern of the French, especially in the working-class districts.

“When we have an ambitious policy on security, what we are driving is not addressed to France where everything is going well and where we can afford a private security,” said the tenant of the Elysee .

He tries to counter the accusation of “president of the rich” that the opposition, especially on the left after his decision to partially suppress the wealth tax (ISF).

– ‘President of the elites’ –

In the critics’ camp, CGT secretary general Philippe Martinez said Emmanuel Macron was “more than ever the president of the billionaires”. “He assumes it by extolling those who have succeeded – the famous first of the line – and by disdaining those who fight to keep their job,” he criticized Monday on Radio Classique.

This criticism is also found on the right. Emmanuel Macron “is not addressed to the left-wing people, nor to the right-wing people, but to the elites. It is the reproach that is made to him, and it is founded,” said Brice Hortefeux (LR) on CNEWS.

Former Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (PS) regretted that the “concern for justice” was not sufficiently taken into account in President Macron’s policy, especially the budget.

The Head of State will end the week in Brussels, where he will defend his project of Europe “which protects” during a summit with its 27 counterparts of the European Union Thursday and Friday. Paris has given priority to the hardening of the use of seconded workers, accused of promoting social dumping to the detriment of French workers.

But the president will have to take into account a context unfavorable to big decisions, due to political uncertainties in Germany, the Catalan crisis in Spain or the breakthrough of the far right in the legislative Sunday in Austria.

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