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Macron accused of using Covid speech for OWN Presidential goals: ‘Already launching bid’

Jeremy Vine panellist slams Macron over vaccine stance

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The French presidential election rounds will take place on April 10 and April 24 next year. Polling figures show far-right candidate Marine Le Pen gaining in popularity on the incumbent Mr Macron. The President has also seen disapproval ratings surge during the coronavirus pandemic, and has not yet declared he is standing for re-election.

On Monday, Mr Macron announced all health care workers, nursing home workers and anyone who cares for the elderly or unwell at home must have coronavirus vaccines by September 15.

The President also announced Covid passes will be introduced for those who want to a restaurant, shopping centre or other public places.

Speaking in a TV briefing, Mr Macron said: “The country is facing a strong resumption of the epidemic touching all our territory.”

But the French President also defended his record, repeatedly underlining all the ways he has kept his promises — including by “improving purchasing power and lowering taxes” — and set out his program for the remaining months of his term.

He ended his speech by saying: “In the fall, we have a date with our future.

“To build an independent France … a conquering France that believes in its youth, and doesn’t fear the future but rather invents it. A united France.”

In a warning to Mr Macron, Mr Juvin flagged the President’s promise to reform the French pension system.

In Mr Macron’s address, he said pensions “will need to go towards more simplicity, more fairness”, but said reforms depend on the pandemic.

Mr Juvin called the reforms “essential”, and added: “The system can’t cope anymore. There is no balance.

“Tomorrow, if we do nothing, we could risk not being able to pay pensions.

“The odd thing with Macron is that he waited until the very end of his five-year term to say: ‘Well, these are the structural reforms that I want to do,’ when he had time to do it before the Covid crisis.”

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It comes after Brice Hortefeux, a former French minister and MEP, said Mr Macron’s time as President has been a “disorder”.

He told French channel CNews: “The results of Macron’s five-year term are both disorder and no reforms.

“The disorder because we have lived a social disorder.

“Remember the mess with the yellow vests. A health disorder. And also an economic and financial mess.

“If we want to get back to the level of public debt that existed before the crisis, Germany needs seven years, Italy needs 26 years and France needs 67 years.

“That shows you the state of degradation of our country.”

Additional reporting from Maria Ortega

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