Emmanuel Macron has revived an old tradition on this Thursday: the interview of July 14, national holiday. The President of the Republic gave his first television interview since his re-election on April 24. On TF1 and France 2, the Head of State delivered several messages and showed a strong executive in a complicated period.
“This war will last”, on Ukraine
“We have the first army in Europe. We have a strong army, equipped with nuclear deterrence. We are not afraid of war. France has the means to help Ukraine, its allies, and to protect. On the strength of this new context, we must absolutely invest and continue to see an even stronger army. We must intensify our efforts and continue until 2030. We must be strong in cyber terms. We must invest in resilience The budget of the armies will not decrease, on the contrary. We must produce faster and stronger”.
On the subject of the duration of the war in Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron affirms “not to have all the answers. We must all prepare for it to last. Summer and autumn are going to be very hard. We do not want of a world war. We want to end the war without going to war”.
“We have to prepare for a scenario where we will completely do without Russian gas”
“Energy prices went up before the war. The real change in the last few days is Russia’s decision to cut gas. We are in a hybrid war. Russia is using energy as a weapon of war We have to prepare for a scenario where we have to completely do without Russian gas”, announces Emmanuel Macron, adding that the State will prepare this summer an “energy sobriety plan”.
“We will have to diversify our partners and we want to fill our stocks. I will ask the French to consume less. We must try to reduce to pass the peak of winter. We must do this to avoid complete cuts. “first to pass accountability. We consume less than last year according to the first figures”.
“The State will therefore prepare an energy sobriety plan this summer”
“This energy crisis must make it possible to accelerate the ecological transition. Ecology is an emergency. We have an energy model that does not depend on fossil fuels. We must develop renewables. As of this summer, we are going to pass a law to go much faster to produce off-shore solar and wind power and develop elements to allow us to move away from fossil fuels. The State will therefore prepare an energy sobriety plan this summer. But in the face of this crisis, nuclear power is a lasting solution. It is in France and abroad too”.
“The best response to purchasing power is work”
“We are going to have to gradually target things. It is not possible for the state to take charge of everything. We are going to move towards mechanisms that will target the people who need it most, which does not mean that the middle classes will not be helped (…). They will be tightened towards those who need it most”, advances the president.
“These are times that will be difficult. We are going to help the French people of this middle class. The best response to purchasing power is work. I want this summer that we can make progress on labor reform, in particular unemployment insurance. We must go further on this subject. There is not a place in France where people do not tell you that they are looking for employees”, explains Macron, reaffirming in passing that “finding work while crossing the street, it is even more true today”. “There is no social model, if there is no social for the financier. We are one of the most generous social models in the world.”
On the rise in wages: “Wage negotiations are their business. The state was there during the Covid-19, I appeal to the responsibility of companies”, explains the president.
Uber file: “I don’t have a temperament to be under the influence”
Accused by a media consortium of having favored the establishment of Uber in France, Emmanuel Macron retorts that he does not have “a temperament to be under the influence. I will never regret. If we had to do it again tomorrow , I will. When we opened the market to new activities, we eliminated excess profits. We had transport needs (…) We opened up thousands of jobs. Then, we regulated the platforms. I will always be for us to open up new possibilities in our economy and not to leave our preserves. I hear the cries of the orfray who, at the moment on the subject of hybrid bikes, do not care at all to know if for young people who create themselves in difficult neighborhoods and who do not find enough answers to their CV, on enough jobs or not. That’s the fight “.
“We have to work harder and longer”
“We have to work longer and longer. We have one of the most generous social models. summer 2023, we must have the entry into force of the pension reform”.
Macron calls for “responsible compromises” in the National Assembly
“I believe in the spirit of the responsibilities of the forces in the Assembly. The majority is doing a remarkable job. I think that the LRs will have a hard time explaining to their constituents what they did the other evening. “Elsewhere in the wisdom of these same parliamentarians for the texts that come in the wisdom of senators. The government will be able to restore a text that will allow us to go to the end. So yes, I think there will be a collective responsibility that will prevail.”
As a reminder, the majority has taken a snub in recent days, in particular on the health bill, part of which has been rejected. The President also referred to the referendum.
“The peak of the 7th wave is being passed”
On the coronavirus, Emmanuel Macron was brief. He believes that “the peak of the 7th wave is being passed” and announces that the government “is preparing a recall campaign for the most fragile”.
To conclude, Emmanuel Macron, often compared to Jupiter, prefers to compare himself to “Vulcan”, the Roman god of fire and son of Jupiter.