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Old 12-07-2018, 05:09 AM
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They basically got all fucked over by Macron's "reforms".

Here some translated quote from a german newspaper article about the whole mess.

President Macron has always inspired the press and people abroad in Europe - probably because he is a supporter of multiple nationality and is rightly regarded as the politician of the future for a common, progressive Europe. At home, however, only a few can warm up to him. In the first round of elections in 2017, Macron received his vote from just under one in four voters - not citizens. The victory over Marine Le Pen in the second round was the result of a very bad performance by Le Pen in the speech duel and the fear of the extreme right-wing party. It was no sympathy for his program.

As an economic liberal, he was the first official to lower taxes for the wealthy and on capital gains, and in interviews with the Financial Times he had courted corporate leaders. Macron believed that his signals to corporations and industries would bring the upswing to France. His deep conviction is that if things go well at the top of society, even the poorest will benefit. The former banker has formulated his guiding principle himself: "The first on the rope pulls everyone else with him.

Since then, Macron has been holding the label of the President of the Rich. He himself uses this picture every now and then with verbal failures. It is almost absurd to shout to an unemployed person that he only has to cross the street to find a job. Even his saying to a protesting student that he should first buy himself a decent suit before asking the president anything, testified to blasphemy.

Worse in public, however, is the fact that the majority of his deputies have visited one of the country's few elite universities, are company bosses, lawyers or doctors - or have already had a career in another party. If all parties have more well-educated members of parliament than there are on average in society, En Marche has more than all other parties. In this respect, it is even less representative than its competitors.

Macron, however, had sold his candidates as envoys of real life. That is precisely why they are viewed particularly critically by those at the end of the rope. The fact that this week a member of En Marche's parliament had no idea in an interview how high the minimum wage was in France has become a constant issue in the social media. After all, many MEPs speak as if they had to go to the zoo to meet normally privileged people - "I was at the market and had a chat", they emphasise, for example, or "I was talking to a single parent yesterday".
Most Frenchmen and women have only kept two of his laws in mind: The ISF wealth tax, where he cut taxes for the rich. And the higher taxes on pensions. These are his original sins, which are discussed again and again at the baker's, in the circle of friends, in the pub. "ISF" is also emblazoned on the yellow West, demonstrators on the Champs-Élysées chant "Number the ISF", in the meantime members of his own party also demand that this symbol of "injustice" be taken back and the approximately three billion euros be recovered annually.

The fact that Macron is progressive towards many groups, such as same-sex couples and their desire to have children or towards harassed women, fades behind this. They are also projects that cost nothing. In the coming months, there will be a fundamental discussion about taxes, which are often "misunderstood" by the French, said Prime Minister Philippe. And indirectly repeats the well-known mantra that their policy is right, but does not go down well with the people.
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