Emmanuel Macron announced several measures for a “strong and just France”.

During an introductory speech, in front of his entire government and a large number of journalists gathered at the Elysée Village Hall, the President outlined the “profound meaning” of his new move, which has caused chaos after 2023. Adoption of pension and immigration laws.

“We have all the assets to succeed,” said Mr. Macron promised.

Although his new prime minister, Gabriel Atal, won't deliver his public policy declaration until January 30, the head of state has filtered a number of measures related to schools, the economy and security beyond the “main axes” announced by Elysée.

First Edition: Youth and School. Mr. Macron wants to regulate the use of screens “for our children” based on an expert report he put together last week. He intends to “rebuild civics education,” doubling it to one hour per week starting in fifth grade, and hopes “theater will become a mandatory part of middle school starting next school year.”

The president wants to test “distinctive clothing” for students this year in about a hundred schools, with an eye toward generalization in 2026. And he wanted to reinstate graduation ceremonies in middle school, “in the Republican Party,” “starting this year.” A ritual of unity, pride and recognition”, he said, adding that he was “absolutely in favor” of formal learning of La Marseillaise in primary school.

All together with a mea culpa about “equal opportunities”: “After six and a half years (…), I must clearly recognize that we have improved things, but not radically changed them.” determined by.”

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“Paternity Leave”

A second theme was addressed: security. Ten “clearance” operations against drug trafficking will be carried out every week, in “all categories of the city”, with the aim of restoring “order”.

He also said he wanted to fight against “extremist Islam”, especially thanks to the law that made it possible to end the “system of imams” from January 1.

On the economic front, the president asked his government to take steps to “earn a better life through work.” He also wants civil servants to be paid more “based on merit”.

Mr. Macron also said “many foreign doctors” should be regularized.

The president also made announcements aimed at increasing the birth rate, the creation of a six-month “paternity leave” to replace parental leave, as well as the launch of a “major program” to combat infertility “bitterness.”

The press conference, expected to last approximately two hours, continued with questions and answers.

The president must certainly be questioned about the first steps of the new administration appointed last week and already embroiled in controversy over Education Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. In the Legislature on Tuesday, she reiterated her “sorry” to public school teachers after saying “hour sets have not been radically changed” to justify her children's schooling in the private sector.

The press conference drew criticism from opposition parties before it was held. Emmanuel Macron is “imposing himself at home, this is the return of ORTF”, the former public broadcasting monopoly, Patrick Kanner, the leader of the Socialist senators, teased on Tuesday.

“Courage”

Outside of his re-election campaign, on April 25, 2019, Emmanuel Macron has held only one long, full-length press conference, often preferring direct exchanges with the French.

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Ironically, at the end of the “yellow uniform” crisis, it was already a question of regaining momentum before the European elections, giving new impetus to the troubled first five-year period.

Ahead of what he called a “meeting with the nation”, the president on Monday evening called on his troops to “defend” their “unity” and “mobilize” for the next European elections in early June. Around Atal Govt.

“Courage, courage, courage”, he insisted before the majority of parliamentarians, setting the tone for this “second year” of a five-year term.

The president's majority has been split since the debate over immigration legislation, and there are questions about the ability of Gabriel Atal, the fifth republic's youngest prime minister, to impose his authority.

He vowed to “press the accelerator with strong measures” before representatives of his relatives on Tuesday, but said he was “clear” about the “uncertain” economic and “tense” political environment.

The Left has already warned that if the government does not seek the confidence of the National Assembly, it will move a motion of no-confidence.

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