candidates taking an economics exam in front of business leaders

At the invitation of Medef, six applicants for the Elysee Palace presented their economic program.

An iconic place for a very symbolic event. On Monday morning, Medef, the Institute of the Company and the chambers of commerce and industry selected the startup incubator Station F in Paris to take the economics exam for six candidates in the presidential election.

The invitations were not randomly sent out, and the employers’ organizations believe they were not exhaustive. Exclude also modesty, which, while there is still little time, would lead to the exclusion of candidates placed at the extreme points of the political spectrum. The idea was to get all those who had a certain weight in the polls.

Very present absent

Thus, Yannick Jadot (EELV), Fabien Roussel (PCF), Valerie Pecresse (LR), Anne Hidalgo (PS), Marine Le Pen (RN) and Eric Zemmour were able to exhibit in that order and in front of a small audience. of 200 business leaders around, their vision of the French economy. Absent at the last minute due to problems with the agenda, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and thus La France insoumise were not present as the organizers made it a rule for themselves to welcome only the candidates and not their representatives.

This rule also explains another important absence from the event: LREM, whose nominee, who is still president, has yet to be announced. For the absent Emmanuel Macron, however, was very present, the object of attacks from all the pretenders to the supreme magistrate. “Absent are always wrongsnapped the viewer, who apparently found that the suspense had gone on long enough.

The campaign started a few weeks ago and economic topics are completely absent from the debate, this needed to be corrected

However, there was no question for the organizers of postponing this year’s event earlier than during the previous five-year period to accommodate their guests’ schedules. “The campaign started a few weeks ago and economic topics are completely absent from the debate, this needed to be corrected‘, we explain to Medef. And in order to allow business leaders present in the Station F hall in front of their computer or listening to BFM Business, who broadcast the hearings live, to compare the proposals of each of them, the organizers set a very clear outline for the speeches: ten minutes to introduce the main priorities of the program, followed by twenty minutes of questions and answers with business leaders.

A structure that was very difficult for some to follow: Marine Le Pen interrupted her presentation with unseemly grace after only two calls to order from the hosts, and Eric Zemmour flatly refused to shut up, despite his busyness. the importance of following the rules.

Undisputed work

But in general, business leaders agree that the candidates have certainly worked on their topic. “Some are better than others“, to use an expression quoted several times in Anna Hidalgo’s transition help. “I was very surprised by the fact that no one came to unfold all their proposals.says Dominique Karlak, vice president of Medef. Guided by the ideal programs published in recent weeks by various employers’ organizations, the candidates unfolded their measurements in front of an audience, rather relieved, noting that everyone seems to be aware of the limitations that business leaders face. “We still felt that we were important to them.– adds Gerard Wolf, representative of Medef International.

Recalling France’s horrendous trade deficit of 87 billion euros last year, the candidates called for a return to competitiveness and the country’s reindustrialization. The solutions to achieve this, on the other hand, turned out to be logically very disparate. Guaranteed success, the right to the chessboard promised tax breaks for businesses. Eric Zemmour, Marine Le Pen, and Valerie Pecresse secure continued production tax cuts when environmentalist Yannick Jadot defended the less popular but suggested:environmental bonus-malus on economic policy instruments“Like a corporate tax, or creating an ISF climate, also on the program of the socialist candidate.

In terms of reindustrialization, the most iconoclastic proposal came from communist Fabien Roussel calling for the nationalization of the Axa bank and insurance company to allow the state to invest more in the economy. In general, everyone is in favor of higher wages. But the means to achieve this often stumbles upon another vexing question: putting public finances in order. So is it true or not true? After more than three hours of discussion, Medef’s leader, Geoffroy Roux de Béziers, clarified that the distribution of positive points was out of the question. With the applause meter, we still managed to catch some nuances.

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