Presidential: Medef’s anguish after the 1st round

“Now we support the candidate Emmanuel Macron, at least economically and socially. There is not a shadow of hesitation. What if Marine Le Pen wins? “I do not dare to imagine this scenario, which would be truly catastrophic. These quoted words were spoken by the president of Medef on April 24, 2017. In a statement to AFP, Pierre Gattaz sets out the employers’ position. The day before, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen entered the second round.

Five years later, Geoffroy Roux de Béziers, Pierre Gattaz’s successor in July 2018, wonders if he will make the same statement after the April 10 vote in the event of a similar composition. At this stage, nothing has been decided yet, consultations are intensifying on Bosque Avenue, the headquarters of the organization. The decision will be taken by the Executive Council on 11 April.

Scarecrow. Five years ago, everything was simple: for business leaders, the Marine Le Pen program was dangerous for the economy and the company, the criteria on which the position of the employer is based. An exit from the euro promising devaluation, uncertainty and turmoil, and a return to retirement at age 60 costly to public finances were two conspicuous scarecrows. Today, these red rags are no more. The candidate was even surprised when he announced Opinion in February 2021 that the debt must be repaid.

Public account balance, a topic not very present in the campaign, remains an important one for bosses.

To make a decision, Medef will compare the RN candidate’s program with their own recommendations. Public account balance, a topic not very present in the campaign, remains an important one for bosses. However, the Marine Le Pen project cost estimate scanned by Ifrap shows an additional deficit of 28.8 billion euros in 2027.

The European question will also be carefully considered. As soon as he arrived at the head of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Béziers laid down the principle of European sovereignty. Casting doubt on France’s international obligations undermines the rule of law and legal stability that underpins economic development. The automatic reduction of the French contribution to the EU budget raises, at a minimum, questions: how to belong to a club whose season ticket is no longer paid? Finally, Medef insists on the need for ecological transition planning. The program of the National Rally is generally weak in terms of ecology and, in particular, on this issue.

Trial of Macronism. Emmanuel Macron meets these requirements. However, Medef will not want to give him carte blanche. As early as 2017, Gattaz made this restriction in support of the LREM candidate. Be that as it may, the position will be more subtle, there will be no question of asserting, like Gattaz in 2017, that if Marine Le Pen wins, business leaders “are likely to be like Vercors resistance fighters. “The nuance will be all the more appropriate because the environment of the RN candidate whispers quiet music in the ear of employers: you know, President Le Pen will adapt, there are promises and the principle of reality.

Workers’ unions also face a dilemma. They refute the RN candidacy in the name of their antagonism to far-right values, but do not want to give a sense of support to its rival. CFDT will operate in accordance with its traditional practices. From the beginning of the 2021 academic year, before the selection of the LR candidate, Laurent Bergé announces the color: “Whatever the candidate of the Republican camp, Emmanuel Macron, Xavier Bertrand, Valerie Pecresse, Anne Hidalgo, Yannick Jadot, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the CFDT will support him against the candidate from the extreme right,” said the CFDT general secretary in an interview Parisian, 9 October. In this way, Berger avoids the trial of Macronism: he does not choose Macron, he fights the far right.

Five years ago, Philippe Martinez called for a vote against the National Front, not recommending abstention. Will it be as clear five years after retirement at 65?

In Force Ouvrière (FO) it’s the other way around, we don’t decide. “In the name of union independence, we have never given voting instructions, except in the 1969 referendum,” says Yves Verrier, general secretary of the FO. A fortiori in the current context: one way or another, this would be a confirmation of economic policies that often go in a direction that does not seem right to us. For example, raising the retirement age to 65 years. “The FD does not pretend to be apolitical in all this, but simply reformulated its invariable principles: no separation of employees on a national basis, or on the status of residence (this applies to undocumented migrants).

In a recent press release (March 22), the CGT reiterates its opposition to far-right candidates. Five years ago, Philippe Martinez called for a vote against the National Front, not recommending abstention. Which meant the recommendation of Macron’s ballot. Will it be as clear five years after retirement at 65? See you April 11th.

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