A first act of the quinquennium, divided into two tables. Valérie Pécresse presented the program of the “100 first days of her presidency” or rather of her first 7 months, if elected on April 24, at the end of Thursday morning. Candidate LR intends to fulfill most of the promises made by her program before the fall. In two steps. A first wave of measures between the June 12 and 19 presidential and legislative elections. Then, once the seats of the National Assembly were renewed, a series of ambitious legislative projects were launched, on most of the main axes of its electoral program, in particular the revaluation of labor, the end of inheritance rights and the pension reform. “There will be no parliamentary holidays,” he told a news conference at the Maison de la Chimie in Paris’s 7th arrondissement.
A series of queries
Following the presidential election, Valérie Pécresse intends to focus on “seven major initiatives”. Starting with the implementation of a strategic defense review before the next military programming law. He also wants to launch two conferences, the first, “salary and social”, to prepare for the 10% increase in salaries that he presents as “the flagship measure” of his five-year term; the second, called the “simplification day”, will collect complaints from local entities, professional branches, administrations or users of public services in terms of administrative complexity and over-transposition.
An audit of public accounts will also be launched. “The government has given up sending its budget trajectory to Brussels, I fear a hidden incorporation into this five-year term,” the president of the Ile-de-France region regularly recalls. He also wants to start thinking about “the new French strategy to combat climate change” in the run-up to COP 27. An initiative to echo his desire to repeal the 50% limit on nuclear participation in the energy mix. . “We don’t need restrictions. All energy needs to be put in place to achieve our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.
The European summit scheduled for June, under the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will once again focus on “protecting Europe’s interests”, especially with regard to trade and industry. She also wants the fight against illegal immigration, one of her main battlegrounds in this presidential campaign. In addition, Senate President Gérard Larcher, who also chairs its support committee, will be given a mission on the future of New Caledonia.
At the same time, several circulars must end the Valls circular on the regularization of undocumented foreigners, the Belloubet circular limiting short-term imprisonment, and stop the reform of the high civil service that meant the dissolution of the ENA.
Five bills and a referendum
The establishment of the next legislature will mark the second stage of the first months of the presidency, with the presentation to Parliament of “five founding bills.” They will be about education (strengthening the autonomy of the establishments), health (setting up a year of internships in medical deserts), or even security and justice, with, among others, the expansion of the possibilities of action of the municipal police and the return of minimums. sentences. An amending finance bill (PLFR) will reform the tax on inheritances and donations, the tax exemption for overtime and the abolition of certain contributions and burdens on employers with the aim of increasing wages. Finally, the extension of the retirement age to 65 will be included in an amended Social Security Financing Act (PLFSSR). Valérie Pécresse expects the adoption of these various texts in mid-September and mid-November for the security-justice component.
In the autumn, the French will be invited to speak in a referendum on a constitutional reform that will allow Parliament to set quotas for residence permits each year by country and by profession. A device widely presented by the candidate as a privileged tool “to end uncontrolled immigration.”
“We are ready to govern”
This program of the “100 first days” wants to be a transposition of the leaflet that he defended throughout his campaign: “Protect, Educate, Care”. “It simply came to our notice then. We must not forget that there is a rise in the health crisis, that there are 6 million French people without a doctor in medical deserts. We must not forget the great hospital unrest in France “, explains Bruno Retailleau, president of the LR group in the Senate, who is the great architect of this ambitious battle plan. “There are also a number of sovereignist security measures, because the great fiasco of Emmanuel Macron is the sovereign, with growing insecurity and accelerated immigration,” the Vendée electorate added.
“The expectation of the French is to protect”: Retaileau defends the Pécresse program
Bruno Retailleau also explains that the candidate intends to take advantage of an “unprecedented situation” since the establishment of the five-year period: a period of seven weeks between the second round of the presidential election and the first round of elections legislative. “We know full well that in order to reform we must move forward quickly, otherwise barriers will be put in place and promises will be broken,” he argues. “This method is an innovation, because the exercise of power is ready,” he added. A way to assert the seriousness of the candidate, who nevertheless continues to sink into the polls. Two polls (Ipsos-Sopra Steria and Elabe) now place it below 10%, at 9.5%, side by side with Éric Zemmour (10.5%), ahead of Jean-Luc Mélenchon (15.5%). ) and far behind Marine Le Pen. (21%) and Emmanuel Macron (28%). “We are in a context of war in Ukraine, with the French wondering if we can change captains,” admits Valérie Pécresse. “But we are ready to govern! “He says.
The candidate, if she reaches the supreme investiture, adds that she will make her first trip across the Rhine. Germany has remained the destination of the first official trips of elected presidents since the election of Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007.