French President François Hollande, today called on his countrymen a “right effort” to recover the place of his country in the world face the challenge of the economic crisis and appealed to regain lost competitiveness.
In an interview after chairing his first military parade of July 14, National Day gala, Hollande explained to his fellow citizens for the first time on television since he took office two months ago.
And he did it with a special emphasis on the fight against unemployment will be a priority during his five years in office, but added that France must be applied simultaneously to recover the competitiveness of its economy.
“We must make an effort and has to be fair,” Hollande said, noting that France’s trade deficit amounted to 70,000 million euros, and therefore urged to regain the country’s ability to compete with others.
The President referred to the inheritance of the previous Conservative government under President Nicolas Sarkozy said that France’s debt reaches 90% of their wealth, unacceptable and will force spending cuts, but avoided saying the word “rigor “or refer to a policy of austerity.
“I do not exclude any source of income,” said the president, who drew the red lines that should be respected when to cut costs and protect those who are used to finance education policy, justice and security.
“It’s about restoring the public finances,” said the president, who noted that it will be necessary to find ways to cut 33,000 million euros in the accounts of 2013, but said: “We are going to do.”
Reiterated that there will be the middle classes that will support only the “right effort” that asked the French, recalling their commitments to the presidential campaign pay more to have the most.
In this sense appealed to the “duty of solidarity” of the tax on wealth, an action he called “patriotic duty”, which linked the new 75% tax designed to tax the income of over one million per year.
In a week when the French discovered the dark side of the economic crisis led to the 8,000 layoffs announced by the automaker PSA Peugeot Citroën, the president did not hesitate to reject the plan submitted by the company.
“This plan was already a rumor,” he began, Hollande, who said that, as it is presented, the manufacturer’s plan is “unacceptable.”
Even hinted that the direction of the automotive group had denied that he planned to apply similar downsizing and linked the announcement now, after the elections, with an option not to undermine the electoral interests of the outgoing president.
“I think there has been a lie,” settled Hollande, who said the plan will be renegotiated and that would avoid layoffs, but did not specify details.
In European affairs, and asked about his relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, refused to create expressions like “Merkhollande” to try to define the existence of a tandem head of the European Union policy.
It confirmed that both have different ideas, although it was defended by his personal intervention in the European Council in Brussels that the EU was provided with a plan to stimulate growth supplementing the rigorous measures promoted by Berlin.
A Hollande also questioned on personal business, specifically for the scandal that created the “tweet” posted on the campaign for legislative elections in June by his girlfriend, Valérie Trierweiler, who publicly supported a rival of the president’s former partner, Ségolène Royal.
“I think private matters are settled in private,” Hollande said only, who said he has informed his associates that “scrupulously accept that principle.”
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