Emmanuel Macron Press Conference Summary

Emmanuel Macron has unveiled his strategy for the legislative elections following the surprise dissolution of the National Assembly. Aiming for a "clear majority" to counter the advance of the National Rally (RN), Macron called for an alliance of "republican" parties. He emphasized the need for unity against extremism and proposed a "federation of projects" to govern, inviting social democrats, Gaullist right-wingers, and environmentalists to join his camp.

Key points of his plan include:

  • A call for unity against extremism, criticizing both the RN and France Insoumise (LFI) for causing disorder and promoting divisive ideologies.
  • A promise of "republican authority" and firmness in governance, opposing the approaches of both extreme left and extreme right.
  • A proposal to reopen a debate on secularism to ensure respect for all beliefs and non-beliefs.
  • Confirmation of the construction of eight new nuclear reactors.
  • A proposed ban on mobile phones before age 11 and social media before age 15, along with a reform of public actions for youth development.
  • The potential removal of a territorial administrative level to simplify governance and bring decisions closer to localities.
  • Assurance that pensions will remain indexed to inflation.
  • Suspension of the electoral reform in New Caledonia to foster dialogue and restore order.
  • Accusations against the RN and LFI of maintaining ambiguous stances on Russia.
  • Macron will not lead the majority's campaign or debate Marine Le Pen, leaving the campaign efforts to the Prime Minister.

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