A week before the first round of the French presidential election, President Macron held his first and perhaps only election rally. At the big rugby stadium in Nanterre, near Paris, he promised support for purchasing power and more social justice.
“Workers should not spend their entire salary on fuel and shopping, it is unfair,” said Macron, who is running for a second term. He promised the employees a tax-free purchasing power bonus of up to 6000 euros. Companies can pay this bonus tax-free to their employees.
He also promised more money for the self-employed. So far, his government has already invested 20 billion euros in lowering electricity and gas prices.
There were about 35,000 fans in the stadium, and they reacted frantically when Macron was greeted with fireworks on the podium. He also presented plans to improve health care.
Moreover, as far as it is concerned, the minimum pension, with full employment, should be increased to 1,100 euros per month. But he said he wanted to stick to raising the retirement age from 62 to 65, a plan that unions have rejected for years.
Immigration, education, healthcare, and purchasing power are the main themes in the presidential election. Macron leads the polls. His main rival, Marine Le Pen of the right-wing populist National Rally, is on the rise. The first round is next Sunday, April 10. The second round, among the candidates with the most votes, will follow in two weeks.
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