Arthur de Laborde, edited by Laura Laplaud
12:45 p.m., December 01, 2022
15 years after Nicolas Sarkozy’s Early Rising France. France working at night by Gabriel Attal. A political heritage… not really assumed by the Minister of Public Accounts: “I listen to these comparisons that are made, fortunately I think that the value of work and the valuation of those who have worked, normally all political leaders should be on the same line. We see some on the right, we see some on the left. There are four million French people who work at night. I want to both value and highlight all these hard-working French people. Working at night, this is one of the most demanding conditions. I also want to highlight the support systems that we have deployed in recent months.”
“At night, there are constraints that there are not during the day”
During his sleepless night, Gabriel Attal exchanged in Chartres with workers from the Novo Nordisk company, specializing in diabetes treatments, who received the Macron bonus, but also with caregivers from the hospital emergency department. de Chartres which benefits from the exceptional night bonuses put in place since July. A paramedic explained in particular that the hardship of night work was difficult to be recognized: “We caregivers, we also work at night. And the work is as hard at night as during the day. We cannot say that it is more quiet at night, that’s wrong.”
Gabriel Attal approved, judged that “at night, there are constraints that there are not during the day, in particular on childcare and transport. The minister also went to a bakery in Châteaudun where the boss wonders how the sector will be able to hold up in the face of the energy crisis.
“Today, if you do nothing for bakeries, all companies that make less than 400,000 euros in turnover, they multiply their energy costs by three!” For craftsmen, a targeted support system would be considered in the coming days, replied the minister.
Help for low-income self-employed people
The government has announced that around 1.6 million modest self-employed workers will benefit from a “sustainable reduction in charges”. This relief represents an average gain of 200 euros per year and up to 550 euros for those whose income is equivalent to the minimum wage. A decree is to be issued by the Prime Minister in the coming days.
This measure, which represents 500 million euros in 2023, will concern in particular craftsmen, traders, farmers, but also low-income liberals. According to the executive, this permanent measure is in addition to more ad hoc aid in the face of inflation such as the tariff shield for VSEs which blocks prices as for individuals; the electricity shock absorber which will cover up to 50% of bill increases for SMEs; help paying bills for ETIs and large companies.