He kept his word. Soon re-elected against Marine Le Pen after spending long weeks – if not months! – to organize this duel, recalls Le Monde, Emmanuel Macron began by doing what he had never started during his first term. He appointed a woman to Matignon: Elisabeth Borne. The former Minister of Labor, also passed through the Ecological and Solidarity Transition as well as by Transport, therefore succeeds Jean Castex, after a substantial period of uncertainty. It must now respond to several emergencies identified by the executive, some of which constitute political and priority projects. Others, that being said, are a little more abstract or do not resemble – directly or indirectly – the reforms to be undertaken.
The first of the priorities of the second woman to sit at Matignon is obvious, thus informs Le Télégramme on its site. It is intimately political and electoral: it is a question of winning the legislative elections, expected for Sunday June 12 and 19, 2022. Elisabeth Borne’s mission is therefore to “inject momentum to obtain the majority” in the National Assembly , write our colleagues. This mechanically conditions the announcements it is able to make in the coming weeks: scheduling a first unpopular reform could considerably restrict the chances of the Macronist lists.
Another development expected by Emmanuel Macron: Elisabeth Borne must embody a “refounded method”. The Head of State no longer intends to preside as he was able to do in the past and he expects his contributor to govern differently. It will therefore have to show more consultation, allow more dialogue… With regard, in particular, to certain particularly explosive subjects. How not to think about pension reform?
The balance sheet of the former minister counted before propelling her to Matignon. Having passed through the Ministry of Ecological Transition, she seemed fully qualified to lead a mandate placed under the sign of “ecological planning”. This is one of the priorities initially identified by Emmanuel Macron, but it is far from being the only one, testifies to L’Internaute, who returns to his site on the underside of this appointment.
In fact, Elisabeth Borne will also have to make sure to act for the purchasing power of French women and men. The previous government has already multiplied the measures in this area, using the tariff shield or the discount of 15 cents on the liter of fuel purchased. Several of these should be extended, but the government is also working on the development of a “sustainable and better targeted system” in terms of fuel prices. Without forgetting, of course, all the promised upgrades.
The President of the Republic has made it one of the priorities of his campaign: Elisabeth Borne will have to lead – and do it quickly – the pension reform announced by Emmanuel Macron. It is therefore a question of pushing back the legal retirement age to 64 and perhaps even to 65. But also to revalue a certain number of small pensions – all those received by former workers who have contributed enough to claim the full rate and whose amount of remuneration does not reach 1,100 euros.
In fact, this pension reform appears more essential than some might think, as Edouard Philippe had the opportunity to explain (subject, of course, to subscribing to the vision of the executive! ). It is necessary to achieve significant future savings and therefore allows the government to maintain a certain budgetary rigor.