Pensions: Discourse by François Bayrou on the method
Plea for “democratic reformism”: François Bayrou reiterated his warning to Emmanuel Macron on pension reform on Sunday, urging him to give himself “three or four months” to take “a decisive step” towards “more respect”.
“We are not torn to pieces,” said the MoDem president at the end of the party’s summer universities in Guidel (Morbihan). “Take three or four months to reflect together and put options and proposals on the table. I think that would be good, not just for civil peace – that’s what counts – but for the reform itself.”
The hypothesis of a lightning reform of pensions via a change in the social security budget divides the majority. Mr Bayrou had already warned of a “forced passage” his MEPs are threatening to oppose. Emmanuel Macron, together with Élisabeth Borne, will bring together the ministers and leaders of the majority on this issue this week.
“We will not back down,” stressed one MP, stressing that “there is no unanimity in the Renaissance group to pass pension reform through the PLFSS” (Social Security Financing Act).
“It is a duty when one is a ruler to share the reasons for one’s actions with those who have commissioned one to rule them.” “Because behind all this is not only the question of pensions. The question arises as to what method of reform we can pursue for this country,” stressed Mr Bayrou.
“I hear critics say: + It’s dragging on, we don’t do anything anymore +. Allow me to point out that by rejecting this method we have blocked reforms for decades”, he quoted the big strikes of 1995 (he was then a minister in the Juppé government) “until the end under the government of Édouard Philippe”, noted he.
– “Consul for Life” –
At the time of the Yellow Vests crisis, “I said: We don’t rule against the people”. “Society is so eruptive that one must aim to persuade it before dragging it out,” argued the modem’s president.
With “a work of consultation” “I think we are taking a decisive step towards a more respectful method”, that of “democratic reformism”, stressed Mr Bayrou.
This speech completed four days of work in Guidel, the party participating in its Parliamentary Days and Summer Universities this year. Several external speakers fueled the debates, from academic Erik Orsenna to Ministers François Braun (health) and Gabriel Attal (measures and public accounts).
“I’m comfortable in MoDem,” the budget minister introduced to an enthusiastic audience, while at Renaissance positions revolve around “right wing or left wing” rather than “central bloc”.
“We are the linchpin of the majority,” said one leader happily.
The former minister and regional director Jean-Yves Le Drian hailed the “strategic awakening of Europe” with the Ukraine conflict.
“Thank you for offering to speak to me, I’m sensitive to that,” began former Prime Minister Édouard Philippe (Horizons) in the presence of Stéphane Séjourné (Renaissance), leaving the room warped a week after Renaissance met Mr Philippe was present without being able to intervene. Mr. Bayrou, who had been promised the same treatment, had finally decided to dehydrate.
The modem has 11,000 current subscribers, 49 MPs and four government officials, including Jean-Noël Barrot, who is involved in partial legislation in the Yvelines next Sunday, according to its new secretary general, Maud Gatel.
The next congress is planned for the end of 2023, but at the MoDem “Bayrou is a consul for life,” laughs a party leader.
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