Macron castigates the “denial” of the oppositions and defends his “decision-making capacity”
Emmanuel Macron in Paris on May 8, 2023 during the commemoration ceremonies of May 8,…
Emmanuel Macron in Paris on May 8, 2023 during the commemoration ceremonies of May 8, 1945. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP
In a river interview with the magazine Challenges, the President of the Republic umes his method and attacks his political opponents.
Only one regret, no remorse. On the occasion of a river interview at Challenges magazine on the reindustrialization of the country, Emmanuel Macron returns at length to the pension reform which plunged France into a four-month social conflict and pushed it to the brink of political crisis. “We should have explained more about the need for this reform“, concedes the President of the Republic lip service. For the rest, he does not give up and slams the attitude of his opponents, politicians and trade unions alike. For the Head of State, most of them “have freed themselves from the relationship to reality“never saying”how they were going to cope with demographic change and the deficits of our pension plans“.
But if the Head of State deplores the attitude of the unions in this reform, it is only mezzo voice in view of the attacks he reserves for political parties and in particular for Republicans. Without quoting them, he alludes to those who had defended the postponement of the retirement age to 65 during the last presidential campaign and who ultimately did not want to support the reform. “They betrayed the promise made to their constituents“, castigates Emmanuel Macron by sending them back to back with the left:”In the game of denial of reality, we always find much stronger than ourselves“.
As for the method to have the text adopted by the National embly, there again no remorse. “For the hundredth time in the history of the Fifth Republic, article 49 paragraph 3 was used. General de Gaulle decided on nuclear deterrence on the basis of this article. the privatization of TF1 was also. Michel Rocard’s CSG was again“recalls Emmanuel Macron. In the end, and even if the challenge to the reform continues, Emmanuel Macron is already learning from it and talking about it in the past tense: “We have demonstrated that we have decision-making capacity, solid institutions and the ability to push through reforms, including unpopular ones.“. This was also the issue.