What can we learn from the Attal, Bardella, Bompard debate?

The televised debate between Gabriel Attal, Jordan Bardella and Manuel Bompard on TF1 has just ended. Here is a summary of the positions of the three candidates on the different subjects discussed during the debate:

Purchasing power

Jordan Bardella (RN) stated with conviction: “I am here to act concretely on purchasing power, not to make empty promises that we cannot keep.” He put forward his flagship proposal to immediately reduce VAT on fuel, electricity and gas to 5.5%, a measure he considers essential to improve the financial situation of the French on a daily basis.

For his part, the current Prime Minister Gabriel Attal seems to strongly doubt the financial feasibility of this measure and underlines the importance of serious and realistic budgetary management rather than promising solutions that are difficult to achieve.

Manuel Bompard (LFI) criticized Bardella for having gradually abandoned effective policies in favor of purchasing power, accusing his opponents of favoring the interests of the richest to the detriment of the majority of French people. He called for a significant increase in the minimum wage and wages to meet the real needs of French workers and families.

Economic policies

Jordan Bardella proposes tax-cutting measures to stimulate the economy, but his solutions are criticized by his opponents as being too simplistic and potentially costly. He insists on the need to boost the purchasing power of the French through targeted tax reductions and wishes to abolish income tax for those under 30 by the end of his hypothetical mandate at Matignon: “We must reduce taxes to stimulate the French economy, even if this requires serious budgetary adjustments. »

Gabriel Attal reacts and is ironic “So you want to exempt yourself from taxes? » then adding “Why would a 31-year-old worker pay taxes while a 29-year-old trader would stop paying them? “. Attal is cautious: “We do not need unrealistic dreams but pragmatic solutions to ensure the economic stability of the country. » The Prime Minister emphasizes the need to “earn more and spend less”, and rejects proposals that he considers financially unviable. “I don’t want to make them believe in the moon,” he added.

Manuel Bompard sends his adversaries back to back and accuses Bardella, whom he calls “the future Prime Minister of purchasing power”, of having “little by little abandoned all the measures to respond to them”. No jealousy, Gabriel Attal’s turn: “You have gorged the richest in this country,” he added. Bompard focuses on reducing economic inequalities and calls for a significant increase in the minimum wage and wages: “My opponents have gutted purchasing power measures for the benefit of the richest. We must reverse this trend for a more just society. » He advocates an economic policy focused on redistribution and social justice.

Pension reform

Jordan Bardella and Manuel Bompard both agree to return to the reform raising the legal retirement age to 64. Bardella still mentioned the possibility of leaving at 66 for certain workers who would have started working at the age of 24.

Gabriel Attal persists and signs. “We defend the current pension reform to ensure long-term financial sustainability. » explains the Prime Minister.

Double nationality

A major point of contention has been the proposal to Jordan Bardella to prohibit certain people with dual nationality from occupying strategic positions in the public service, for example. “We must protect our strategic interests by restricting access to certain positions for dual nationals,” he explains.

Gabriel Attal strongly criticized the idea, calling it humiliating for the 3.5 million dual-national French people while emphasizing their contribution to French society and criticizing the potential stigma attached to such policies. “The stigmatization of dual-national French people is unacceptable and insulting,” he insisted. He then took the example of a Franco-Russian advisor to Bardella in the European Parliament: “Can you tell the French who are watching us who Ms. Tamara Volokhova is? She is your advisor in the European Parliament, who attends closed meetings with confidential information about the war in Ukraine,” said the Prime Minister. “The message you are sending is that when we are binational, we are half-national, we would not in fact be real French and we would not be trusted to occupy positions of responsibility. Tamara is yes, Rachida is no,” he added to drive the point home.

Manuel Bompard and its coalition are generally in favor of an inclusive vision of French nationality and identity, advocating non-discrimination and the recognition of diversity as essential values ​​of contemporary French society.

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