The President suggests to the French a "new contract for the Nation". But who signed the current contract?
By Ludovic Delory.
France is not a country like the others.
The epistle of Emmanuel Macron to the French begins with a paradoxical statement: in the country where " a large number of citizens pay an income tax, sometimes heavy, which reduces inequalities ", "lthe sense of injustice is more alive than elsewhere ". Following this logic, and to calm the wrath of the Yellow Vests, it would be necessary that the tax is even more redistributive. Yet, the President admits that "France is, of all nations, one of the most fraternal and the most egalitarian".
What do the French think of it? According to a recent survey, more than 80% of them claim a proportional or degressive tax. The progressive tax is, for its part, the object of a real rejection. Reflex normal for citizens overwhelmed with levies and who understand the operation of the redistribution to the French as vaunted by their enarques.
The first egalitarian measure would therefore be to charge the same share of taxes to all Frenchmen. Here it is undoubtedly, the new "Social pact". But is the government ready to hear it?
A big debate, what's the point?
Emmanuel Macron was he elected on a program? If the answer is positive, then why should it revive, even before half of its mandate, a national debate on points intended, to read, to " to do something useful for the future of our country " ? We are far from a referendum or consultation on specific issues. How will the French, already questioned during the election campaign, react to this new wave of questions?
In addition, the essential themes (taxation, ecological transition, democracy and immigration) were chosen by the Elysee. In two months, the government will draw its own conclusions on the catch-all proposals that citizens will not fail to make. Then? Will the debate come to an end or will it be quickly closed? The keys will again be in the hands of the elected president who, in his vows, felt "Justify no renunciation". One hand forward, two steps back.
For a liberal speech, let's go elsewhere
The word "freedom" appears only three times in this long letter. The word "free" appears only once (in the plural). This text, of purely collectivist essence, aims undoubtedly to tighten the links between a France from above and a France mainly misunderstood. As proof: the word "we" appears 37 times. By abusing this "we", Emmanuel Macron wants to give the illusion of a united people who would have all the levers necessary for the elaboration of a better future.
A liberal speech would have given pride to the "you": "you French, …", a way to make understand the individual responsibility of each citizen. A single sentence refers to it, at the end of the letter:
It is your personal expression, corresponding to your history, your opinions, your priorities, which is here expected, regardless of age or social condition.
Lettres aux Français, the marketing process used by Mitterrand in 1988 and taken over by Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012, aimed until now at trying to get re-elected statesmen. The same communication tactic, used today during the term of office, sounds like a referendum for or against the current president. At this stage there is no other recourse, in the event of failure or disavowal, than the outright abandonment of the presidential project, with all the institutional and security risks that entails.
The power does not want one or the other. So that's why, behind this letter, he wants everything to stay as it is. Yellow vests are warned.