Presidential: TV license fees, food check … what to remember from Emmanuel Macron’s first promises

This Monday, March 7, Emmanuel Macron launched his presidential election campaign with a first public meeting in the Yvelines, in Poissy, in the stronghold of his friend and several right-wing mayor Karl Olive. There he unfurled his first promises.

From president to candidate. This Monday, March 7, Emmanuel Macron kicked off his presidential campaign as soon as the official list was published by the Constitutional Council. The outgoing president was in Poissy, in the Yvelines, for “a conversation with the inhabitants about the topics they will choose”, his campaign team said to 20 minutes† Warmly welcomed by 250 people on his arrival, the head of state made his first promises.

End of TV License Fee

The LREM candidate has promised a abolition of the audiovisual license fee, the “logical” continuation of the housing tax abolition, the flagship tax measure of its 2017 campaign and implemented gradually over the five-year term. “We will remove the remaining taxes, the royalties are part of it,” he said.

What is the TV license used for?

Since 2009, the contribution to public broadcasting has been borne by everyone who is liable for housing tax and who owns a television. The amount is determined by the parliament and is currently 138 euros in mainland France. This fee is used to fund public TV and radio stations such as France Télévisions, Radio France, Arte or France Médias Monde (France 24, RFI, etc.).

The Macron bonus appreciated

This tax-free bonus that he will be introducing since 2020, “we will triple”, because “that is purchasing power”, Emmanuel Macron assured. †Work has to pay more‘, he hammered during this conversation, during which he was also questioned several times about the war in Ukraine.

A food check

To cope with the rise in the price of petrol, Emmanuel Macron announced an upcoming bailout. “We are maintaining the gas and electricity equipment and we are going to add a section on petrol for all French drivers. On food insecurity, it is the candidate who has the say: we are going to set up the food control,” he promised.

In total, the device that should limit the increase in energy costs will cost at least 20 billion euros on an annual basis. Despite their costs, Emmanuel Macron considers them more effective than cutting taxes. “We know how to find a solution for the coming weeks, the big difficulty is for the coming winter,” the president said of the gas price.

Sports and math at school

At the school, Emmanuel Macron made proposals such as the pOpportunity for 5th grade students to get information about their orientation or half an hour of compulsory sport for primary school students every day† He also spoke of put math back into the common core in high school and high school.

As for apprenticeships, “we must aim for the million,” after reaching 720,000 students last year, by “implementing the major secondary vocational education reform that we need,” he said. According to him, it is necessary to “reward (the young people), have more time in the company, lead sectors”.

Emmanuel Macron also wants to give”more room for business” by improving the links between companies and vocational schools, such as the operation of apprenticeships, and by making young people aware of vocational orientation from the age of five.

No debate for the first round

Questioned by an LCI journalist, the presidential candidate took his position, believing that “no sitting president representing himself has done this. I don’t see why I would do it any other way,” he said. “I don’t shy away from the debate. Instead of having meetings where people applaud you because they are already convinced, I prefer the debate with the French, I owe them that,” he continued.

Energy transition and immigration

About the energy transition he wants France to stop relying on fossil fuels that we don’t produce and thus that weigh on our purchasing power in a crisis or speculation and which, moreover, pollute.

On immigration, one resident regrets the time when it rhymed more with integration and regrets that today we speak of a zone of lawlessness, insecurity or social fraud. On this question, the candidate Macron does not want to be lax or exclusionary, but wants to conduct “a real integration policy”.

The possibility of a meeting next Saturday in Marseille is no longer on the agenda. The latter will indeed be replaced by a large gathering in the Pharo, indicates: Provence