Édouard Philippe does not preclude the possibility of return on the under-indexation of pensions on inflation. In an interview river on Europe 1 this Friday, the prime minister confirmed the remarks of his minister of the public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, who said yesterday that re-index pensions on inflation was a possibility. "I hear this message. We can look at how it is possible. You can see if it is not useful to take a measure for those who need it the most. I am sensitive to. It can be taken into account",-he said.
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The re-indexing of pension on inflation figure at the head of the claims of the French expressed in the context of the great national debate, according to the survey Odoxa unveiled this Friday by Le Figaro . "It is true that this désindexation, which means that the purchasing power is cut off, is a real concern," admitted the prime minister. "I hear the question, and I hear fully the remarks made by all those who affect the small pensions. And I also hear the voices who say that it is necessary to re-index the small" pensions, " provides the prime minister.
Edward Philippe is also expressed on another sensitive issue regarding retirement: the lengthening of the retirement age. This last will it be recognised in the reform prepared by the government? "It is a question that we might ask ourselves," noted the head of government. "There is a subject before us which is the subject of the funding of dependency, which has a lot to do with the lengthening of life. It takes considerable financial resources. One may wonder if achieving these means, it is necessary to work longer. These are questions that must be asked. It is a real debate that is of interest to all the French", he says.
"We need to reduce the compulsory levies"
The prime minister is income tax, the other topic that has captured the grand national debate. "Taxes are at a level very high in France but this is not scandalous, and the services that go with them can be very useful," he recalls. "However, it can be detrimental to our economic competitiveness and affect our purchasing power. The French say, ‘it is necessary to try to lower them'. It is quite easy to design, and to say, but difficult to do. And this for good reason: it is a heavily indebted country, it comes from far away, it has accumulated," explains the prime minister.
• Taxes on income for all: "my wish is rather that the taxes are lower"
Edward Philip rejects the proposal of a payment of income tax by all. "The French pay the VAT. Each French contributes to the financing of public services", he insists. "If we did that, it would be reflected by the fact that 50% of households who do not pay the tax, the most modest, would contribute more strongly. It is some ten million French people who would pay. My wish is rather that the taxes are declining, this I'm determined. If it is necessary to correct the taxes to be more fair, do it.
• VAT: a transformation "difficult"
Asked about the possibility of re-flat the VAT, the prime minister has insisted on the complexity of the system in place. "It is a tax which is subject to a european regulation so it is necessary to do in good agreement with our partners. It is a constraint that we must have in mind", he recalls. "Lowering the VAT, it can be heard but it has to be of benefit to those who want it, not the intermediaries. If the drop is integrated in the margins of the distributors, if the large-scale distribution takes advantage of this, so no, not okay", $ -t-it. "On products of first necessity, the rate is already differentiated. How to offset the cost in the event of removal? And it is necessary to be sure that this benefits consumers," insists the prime minister.
• ISF: no turning back
As did Emmanuel Macron before him, the head of the government has ruled out the possibility of a rollback on the reform of the ISF. "The ISF has been transformed. If you want to do to pay the rich, the right solution is not to make them go away. Do come to France instead of making them from", he explains.
"It is very easy to formulate expectations. What is difficult is to say what one renounces"
• Reduction of public expenditure: the "long-but indispensable -"
Edward Philip reminds us of the need to reduce public expenditure. "All the world agrees to reduce public spending. But in the details each time it comes with a step in this direction, some come to us and say, 'we can't decrease it because it is very important", he adds. The solution? "I try to ensure that the growth of public expenditure was lower than the growth. It is long, but pretty essential and it is possible!".
• unemployment Insurance: "to ensure that the precariousness is more the norm,"
Edward Philip also spoke of the difficult reform of the unemployment insurance, taken in hand by the government after the failure of talks between the social partners. "My subject, it is less than the savings that the transformation of the system of unemployment insurance. It is to facilitate the return to work. It also wants to ensure that the precariousness is more the norm today. The number of precarious contracts was significant, one wants to advance in a system where companies will not have advantage when there are short-term contracts. We want to ensure that those who recruit permanent can, on the other hand, have an advantage. The insecurity is very expensive to the system," explains the prime minister.
in addition, Édouard Philippe has confirmed working on the transformation of the compensation of executives. "We can do a transformation that helps to promote the return to employment of executives", he says.
• Great debate: "to govern is to choose"
"The object is not to be in the deceptive," says the prime minister then ends the great national debate this Friday, at least in its original form. "It is difficult to immediately meet all the expectations. France has the means to fund what she wants? Well not all because it is already very indebted. It is very easy to formulate expectations. What is difficult is to say what we give up to do it. To govern is to choose".Updated Date: 17 March 2019, 00:00