France: Emmanuel Macron Presents a Poverty Plan of 8 Billion Euros

A poverty plan of eight billion euros must be presented Thursday by Emmanuel Macron at the Museum of Man in Paris. The speech he will make on this occasion is highly anticipated and should open a more social phase of the five-year period.

Emmanuel Macron  succeed in getting rid of his image of “president of the rich” that lends him the opposition? Thursday, September 13, it launches in any case a new phase of the quinquennium, more focused on the social, by unveiling a plan to fight against poverty, amounting to 8 billion euros over four years.

Macron will first hear the testimonies of “people living in precariousness or having managed to get out of it”, before delivering “a speech of general philosophy and meaning” of about an hour pronounced at the Museum of Man in Paris. The President should work to outline his “National Strategy for Preventing and Combating Poverty”. He intends with this plan “to eliminate the inequalities of fate that are perpetuated from generation to generation” and allow people to “get out of poverty,” according to his entourage.

The details of the strategy will then be developed by the Minister of Solidarities and Health, Agnès Buzyn, and the interdepartmental delegate responsible for the file, Olivier Noblecourt.

Anxious to take care of his social side, Macron has already spent Monday five hours in a center of ATD Fourth World to exchange with people affected by extreme poverty, a meeting that should “feed the words of his speech,” said his advisers . In outlining this plan himself, Emmanuel Macron wants to demonstrate the importance he gives to it, five days before the presentation of a reorganization of the health system.

Two strategic “pillars”

This “national strategy” will rely on two “pillars”, the prevention of precariousness, especially among the youngest, and assistance to reintegration to employment, detailed Wednesday an advisor to the Head of State during a meeting with the press.

On the first part, the plan includes opening more crèches to children from priority or disadvantaged neighborhoods – via financial bonuses to communities – to create a fund to finance breakfast in priority schools or social tariffs in schools. the canteens.


For young people, the training obligation will increase from 16 to 18 years. Additional resources will be allocated to local missions to identify dropouts in the school system and offer them training.

In addition, the “youth guarantee” scheme, for the 16 to 25-year-olds furthest away from employment, will be extended to “500,000 young people before the end of the five-year period”, compared to 100,000 currently.

The State also wants to find solutions with the departments to extend the monitoring of children from Child Welfare. “It will be possible to receive social assistance for children up to 21 years old. We will not let young precarious after their majority, “says government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux.

In health, the CMU (universal health coverage) will be extended to several million people for them to receive complementary health.


Regarding the “second pillar”, the Elysee promises the “massive development of integration schemes through economic activity”, considering that “the return to work is the best tool to fight against poverty”.

Integration projects, zero unemployed territories, alternative work paid by the day (Tapaj) … The ambition is to extend these devices to 100,000 additional beneficiaries by 2022 – there are 140,000 today.

For Benjamin Griveaux, who does not detail the additional resources, including human, that will be deployed, “it is normal to expect in return an accountability of the accompanied persons. Those who do not follow the job paths, training courses, those of course will be punished “.

The president, who had won in June against the “crazy cash” of social assistance, should also make announcements to “rethink social minima”, including the RSA. It should thus announce a simplification of the steps so that the social workers have more time to accompany the beneficiaries.

The Elysee has praised a “radical change of approach” to move from a “logic of monetary benefit” to the development of “social support” in a country that has nearly 9 million poor, including 3 million children.

source: AFP


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