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If he wins Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron from the throne in the spring presidential election, Valerie Pecresse, the French Republican Party’s presidential candidate, says his government will pursue tight fiscal policy and put more pressure on state employees. To the Financial Times from a particular interview. If it comes to power, he will immediately embark on economic reforms and resort to a dominant pension system.

In order to revive the bureaucratic and sluggish administration, he said, the net number of civil servants should be reduced by 5.6 million by 150,000 and the retirement age should be raised from 62 to 65. People should work harder, spend less and be smarter, he says. He is believed to be the only presidential candidate to speak clearly in the field, which may also be due to the fact that two-thirds see himself as former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and one third as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Macron also campaigned for reforms in the 2017 presidential election, promising to liberalize the economy to boost the economy, and create more jobs. But a year later, he faced the yellow vest movement, triggered by a small increase in the fuel tax, followed by a pandemic that made normal governance impossible. However, polls show he stands a chance of a presidential election, while Pecres is in a race with two far-right runners-up, National Assembly speaker Marine Le Penel and Muslim Eric Zemmour, to enter the second round.


On the issue of immigration, his main promise is that if he wins, a referendum will be held on the path to follow, with his government recommending the introduction of a quota system and toughening the conditions for obtaining refugee status. He does not see the zero-immigration policy of his radical opponents as a good idea, believing that Zemmour is very pessimistic about the future when he imagines that Muslims will sooner or later become a majority in French society. It has enough to restrict immigration.

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In part, this will also reduce social spending, a prerequisite for reducing public debt, which rose to 114 percent of GDP, to 60 percent before the coronavirus pandemic. He said Macron’s economic reforms failed because he was not a collective player and could not cooperate with parliament and loot state coffers by distributing money during the pandemic and before elections. It was also unsafe, for example, letting environmentalists go early to close nuclear power plants, while now promising to build new ones.

French phobia

Pecres believes that after Brexit, the British leadership will frustrate her in France. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has a fear of French, and his government needlessly provokes the French about intruding on fishing rights or migrants trying to reach the island nation via the English Channel. According to the French presidential candidate, Johnson is doing this for domestic political reasons: he wants to sell himself for the hardest Brexit to the electorate.

What I don’t understand is why Boris Johnson would risk sacrificing the good long-term relations between the UK and France to be more popular in the short term? The French presidential candidate told the British business newspaper. Other than that, he considers himself an English lover, speaks English and Russian, and believes that British-French relations, which are not without storms, are very deep and rich.