This is the man that will now run France. His name is François Hollande. I'll be using Wikipedia as my basic info source here as this is just to
put together his basic platform and ideas.
I want to discuss if fellow EU ATS Members believe his policies will work, or not. Of course any other members from accross the pond ( as I am) may
chime in with their thoughts.
First let's start with his election policies.
Foreign policy: supports the withdrawal of French troops present in Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
European politics: aims to conclude a new contract of Franco-German partnership and he advocates the adoption of a Directive on the protection of
public services. Proposes closer Franco-German partnership: "an acceleration of the establishment of a Franco-German civic service, the creation of a
Franco-German research office, the creation of a Franco-German industrial fund to finance common competitiveness clusters (transport, energy or
environment) and the establishment of a common military headquarters."
Financial system: backs the creation of a European rating agency and the separation of lending and investment in banks.
Energy: endorses reducing the share of nuclear power in electricity generation from 75 to 50% in favor of renewable energy sources.
Taxation: supports the merger of income tax and the General Social Contribution (CSG), the creation of an additional 45% for additional income of
150,000 euros, capping tax loopholes at a maximum of €10,000 per year, and questioning the relief solidarity tax on wealth (ISF, Impôt de
Solidarité sur la Fortune) measure that should bring €29 billion in additional revenue.
Education: supports the recruitment of 60,000 new teachers, the creation of a study allowance and means-tested training, setting up a mutually
beneficial contract that would allow a generation of experienced employees and craftsmen to be the guardians and teachers of younger newly-hired
employees, thereby creating a total of 150,000 subsidized jobs.
Aid to SME's, with the creation of a public bank investment-oriented SME's and reducing the corporate tax rate to 30% for medium corporations and
15% for small.
Recruitment of 5,000 judges, police officers and gendarmes.
Construction of 500,000 homes per year, including 150,000 social, funded by a doubling of the ceiling of the A passbook, the State making available
its local government land within five years.
Restoration of retirement at age 60 for those who have contributed more than 41 years.
Hollande supported same-sex marriage and adoption for LGBT couples, and has plans to pursue the issue in early 2013.
The provision of development funds for deprived suburbs.
Return to a deficit of 0% of GDP in 2017.
Favours ratifying the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, for the recognition of regional languages of France: Alsatian, Lorraine
Franconian, French Flemish, Catalan, Corsican, Breton, Gallo, Basque, Langues d'oïl, Franco-Provençal and Occitan.
Wants to "combine the positions of presidents of the European Commission and of the European Council (currently held by José Manuel Barroso and
Herman van Rompuy respectively) into a single office and that it should be directly chosen" by the Members of the European Parliament.
Now some of these things on this list are radical to say the least in terms of Western policy or even current European policy. From the taxation
guidelines, to reducing Nuclear Energy by 25% and pulling ALL french troops back from conflicts by the end of this current year.
Pretty bold underdaking if you ask me. Now generally I am quite ignorant of politics in the EU, mostly because I don't live there, so this is why I
ask fellow ATS members to enlighten me.
Will he be the sort of President who gets shot? Will the people love him and the government hate him?
Let's imagine his policies work and France becomes a stabler nation within the EU and it's people become more prosperous in 5 years, accomplishing
even if only half of what he's proposed here, will the rest of the world listen?
Will Western pundits and politicians seek the same sort of remedy for their issues? Or will they continue to berate socialists and their ideas as
evil? Mind you they call Obama a socialist int he US, when really he's a center-right President if you look at his actions during office.
In any case, what say you ATS?