Example of elected officials, health, salaries… These are the 12 priorities of the French, according to a citizens’ consultation

The exemplary nature of political leaders, the increase in health care resources and the re-evaluation of salaries are among the main priorities of the French for tomorrow as the 2022 presidential elections approach, according to a comprehensive citizens’ consultation launched by France Bleu, in collaboration with France 3 Régions and Make.org, the results of which will be revealed on Sunday 13 March. The summary of this consultation made it possible to draw up a “citizens’ agenda” reflecting the twelve priorities of the French and will be sent to the presidential candidates. “by asking them for written responses to these priorities by next week”, specifies the director of France Bleu, Jean-Emmanuel Casalta, in an interview with sunday newspaper

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One million people participated in this online survey*, called “Ma France 2022”, from August 25, 2021 to March 10, 2022. 34,000 proposals were submitted and seven million votes were cast. The proposals and votes of the participants made it possible to put forward twelve priorities.

The twelve priorities of "the citizens' agenda for the presidential elections"that emerge from the consultation "My France 2022"published Sunday, March 13, 2022. (MA FRANCE 2022 / FRANCE BLEU / FRANCE 3 REGIONS / MAKE.ORG)

1The example of elected officials

For the participants in the consultation, guaranteeing the exemplary character of political leaders is paramount. Several proposals thus concern the conditions for the exercise of power, the remuneration of elected officials and their legal status. For example, Karim suggests that a candidate for an election “have a clean criminal record to be able to present oneself”† This recommendation received 80% of the votes in favour, 7% against and 13% “neutral”.

Karim's proposal.  (MY FRANCE 2022)

Other participants want to reduce the fees of national elected representatives and members of government or demand the end of some form of exceptional justice for political leaders.

2The health system

In a context of health crisis, many participants expressed a desire to allocate more resources to the health system, to increase the salaries of health care providers and to fight against medical deserts. The issue of disability is also addressed through the request for better support and strengthening of care for people with disabilities.

Carol's proposal.  (MY FRANCE 2022)

Carole, for example, wishes that either “necessarily developed disabled access to city structures, establishments, shops, especially on sidewalks”† This proposal received 81% of the votes in favour, 5% of the votes against and 14% of the neutral votes.

3salaries and pensions

Increasing purchasing power is the subject of many proposals. It is therefore requested that salaries and pensions be indexed to inflation and the cost of living. The participants also call on the business community to advocate better profit sharing and equal pay between women and men (85% of the votes in favour, 5% of the votes against and 10% of the neutral votes).

4education

Many participants raise the issue of education. They demand a re-evaluation of apprenticeships and crafts, as well as a reinforcement of the teaching of fundamentals. Anjie offers for example “Look at primary school learning so that everyone has the basics of French and math in 6th grade”† This proposal received 89% of the votes in favour, 3% of the votes against and 8% of the neutral votes. Parenthood, budget management or first aid are also asked to be discussed in class and to make students aware of ecology and the fight against discrimination from an early age.

5economy and consumption

These consultations often advocate the development of shops and local employment and the re-industrialization of the country. The tax leverage is put forward as the main means of favoring local products. “We must reduce VAT on French products by compensating with a tax on imported products”, for example, suggests Yannick. This proposal received 78% of the votes in favour, 10% of the votes against and 12% of the neutral votes.

Yannick's proposal.  (MY FRANCE 2022)

6The democratic and institutional system

Several participants expect concrete measures to restore confidence in the democratic system. For this, they require a minimum number of parliamentarians to pass a law, taking into account the blank votes in the election results and more transparency in the use of public money. So Nadia proposes “that the expenditures of the ministries are visible to all citizens, including envelopes for various expenses without justification” (86% in favour, 4% against, 10% neutral).

7The judicial system

The issue of the judicial system is very present in the consultation “Ma France 2022”. For example, the participants want to increase the sentences for delinquents, criminals and perpetrators of sexual violence. Mary’s proposal to grieve “sturdier, longer and tougher for all criminals” authors of “rape, murder, child abuse” received 75% of the votes in favour, 11% of the votes against and 14% of the neutral votes. The participants in the consultation are also in favor of more regular use of community service for convicts. According to them, the budget of the Ministry of Justice should be increased in order to work more efficiently.

8tax evasion

Tax is also one of the important topics for the participants in this consultation. They call for an end to tax havens, for the profits of Gafam and multinationals in France to be taxed and for the means of control to be strengthened. Jacky wants so punish tax evasion more severely by imposing a fine equal to 10 times the amount deposited abroad† His proposal received 76% votes in favour, 10% against and 14% neutral votes.

Jacky's proposal.  (MY FRANCE 2022)

9Support for the elderly

Many proposals deal with the issue of dependency. After the Orpéa scandal, concerning living conditions in nursing homes, the participants want to give more resources to these institutions by increasing the number of staff and their salaries. They also argue for strengthening and upgrading of home care and demand the legalization of assisted end of life (80% in favour, 7% against and 13% neutral).

10waste management

Waste management is the first ecological topic to emerge from the consultation. Many participants are in favor of sorting, recycling and the fight against planned obsolescence. They also want to drastically reduce the use of plastic and packaging and restore the deposit on glass. Sarah recommends“stop dumping our waste in poor countries and create industries that can recycle everything on our territory”† His proposal received 88% votes in favour, 4% against and 8% neutral votes.

11Greener transport

The participants also want to reduce the ecological impact of the transport sector. For this, they demand the reactivation of the small train lines throughout the territory, in order to reduce the number of trucks on the roads by promoting alternatives such as carriage by carriage. They also denounce territorial disparities in public transport. “We need to strengthen public transport in rural areas and make it attractive”, proposes Mickaël (84% in favour, 7% against, 9% neutral).

12A more responsible agriculture

Agriculture, and more specifically farming practices, is the last priority to emerge from the consultation. The participants support an agroecology that is more in harmony with nature and demand better compensation for farmers. They also demand an end to practices considered destructive to soils and biodiversity. Anne-Blanche’s proposal to “emergency exit from intensive farming, a source of pollution (nitrogen, green algae)” received 76% of the votes in favour, 8% of the votes against and 16% of the neutral votes.

Other proposals are far from reaching consensus and, once grouped, make it possible to identify the topics that divide the participants. The controversial topics include immigration, the vaccine and health card, the social benefits framework, cannabis legalization, the death penalty, universal income, energy mix, weekly working time and retirement age.

The proposals thus relating to the abolition of jus soli or, conversely, to a more extensive reception of refugees in France, arouse as many votes in favor as against. The measures related to the Covid-19 epidemic also strongly divide the participants, especially those requiring the abolition of the health pass or the vaccination obligation of citizens. Retirement age is equally divided. The proposals to lower the retirement age to 58, 60 or on the contrary are not supported by the participants.

* From August 25, 2021 to March 10, 2022, participants were invited to answer the question: “What priorities for our country tomorrow?” This gave them the opportunity to submit one or more proposals with a maximum of 140 characters and/or to vote on the proposals of other participants. One million people took part in this consultation, 34 000 proposals were made and they received a total of 7 million votes. 26% of the proposals for “Ma France 2022” relate to democracy and institutions, before purchasing power (13%), ecology (12%), health (12%), education (9%) and business and employment (9%) . Very far behind, security collected 4% of proposals and immigration 3%.