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A pact to give everyone "the power to live"

Tuesday, March 5, 19 associations and unions proposed 66 measures to transform our development model, too inegalitarian and polluting.

This pact "Political, social and ecological", led by Nicolas Hulot and Laurent Berger, challenges the executive as citizens.

They are 19 around the table, Tuesday, March 5, at the headquarters of the CFDT. Anti-precarious associations, popular education, mutuals, foundations, environmental NGOs and three unions. All gathered that morning around a statement without appeal: "A model of society that generates so many inequalities and injustices and endangers life on Earth (…) is no longer a model".

For these organizations – who have put aside their differences to speak with one voice – we must rethink everything, rebuild everything. And since the crisis is systemic, the answer must be too. On Tuesday, they proposed 66 ambitious measures aimed at radically renewing our modes of development. An agreement "Political, social and ecological" to give back "The power of living" to each, they say. At the same time, in an interview at World, the number 1 of the CFDT Laurent Berger and the former minister Nicolas Hulot, called a "Big bang fiscal", taking up the ideas of the pact. How to hit hard as the national "big debate" comes to an end and everyone wonders what to do next.

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These ideas revolve around several lines of force, one of the most recent is probably – given the social culture in France – to link environmental and social issues. "There is a turning point in this regard"remarks Philippe Quirion, president of RAC-France (Climate Action Network). "There is a real awareness of the importance of combining ecology and social. In 2016, when we had set up the collective Les Places de la République, it was not so pregnant »adds Jean-Baptiste de Foucauld, founder of the Civic Pact. The effects of climate change and alarming scientific reports have come through.

Recreate the common

Around this conviction, the authors of the pact perceive three imperatives: to recreate common, fraternity, in a France undermined by its divisions; to put social justice back at the heart of the economy and, finally, to share power, by involving the entire population in the shaping of public policies.

Some of the proposals – each of which is invited to seize – appear as markers. Thus, the fact "Take green investments out of the public deficit calculation" – to finance the ecological transition, in other words out of the constraint of 3%. "In Europe, we talk a lot about financial debt, but little ecological and social debt"said Véronique Fayet, the president of Secours Catholique. Far from opposing ecological taxation, the signatories nevertheless believe that it is necessary to "Donating all the proceeds to the households and financing the transition". They also suggest assessing the impact of any new law on the poorest 10% of the population.

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Other key proposals in the field of business: "Establish representation for half of the employees in the boards of directors and supervisory boards" and "Cap the remuneration of the leaders". On the institutional side, the associations want to integrate citizens drawn by lot at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) by renewing its role in the development and evaluation of the law.

Universality

"It's a real social project", insisted Véronique Fayet, supporting "The universal character of each measure. When we offer public service housesit's for everyone. Same thing when one insists on the importance of renovating energy strainers. "

The ambition is there. But around the table, nobody underestimates the bitterness of the task in a polarized context between an executive "Too vertical" according to Laurent Berger and angry citizens, who preferred roundabouts to associations to express themselves. "This obviously questions us", recognizes Philippe Jahshan, the president of the associative movement. He sees the urgency of «Remake of the collective» and to find meaning.

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An "observatory" to evaluate policies

The pact will soon be supplemented by an observatory to verify that political choices take into account, in the short, medium and long term, social justice and environmental issues.

The signatories are: France Nature Environment, the Nicolas Hulot Foundation, Humanity and Biodiversity, the Climate Action Network, ATD Fourth World, the Abbé Pierre Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, CFTC, CFDT, Unsa, Cimade, France Terre Asylum, the Fage, the Francas, the League of Education, the Association Movement, the French Mutuality, the Civic Pact and the Uniopss.

Marine Lamoureux

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