French Elec­tions: A Chance To­wards Rebound Of The Coun­try

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French Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion this year has been the most re­mark­able event in the his­tory of France. Em­manuel Macron has been elected as the Pres­i­dent and he has en­trenched his role as the youngest pres­i­dent in the his­tory of France. In­ci­dence of on­go­ing ten­sion as to the sur­vival of the Euro­pean Union and the fate of the France’s econ­omy has made this elec­tion an eye catchy event around the world.

Out of the can­di­dates run­ning for pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, since not a sin­gle can­di­date got ma­jor­ity, apart from the top two con­tenders - Ms. Ma­rine Le Pen and Mr. Em­manuel Macron, a run-off was de­clared in or­der to de­cide the next Pres­i­dent.

Though both the con­tenders had dif­fer­ent views with re­gard to is­sues such as trade, glob­al­iza­tion and im­mi­gra­tion et al., the main dif­fer­ence of opin­ion with re­spect to the French re­la­tion­ship with the Euro­pean Union in­ter­ested every­one around the world.

Fate Of Euro­pean Union

While Ms. Ma­rine Le Pen con­tended that France will exit from the Euro­pean Union and promised to re­store the coun­try’s of­fi­cial cur­rency “Franc,” Mr. Em­manuel Macron cre­ated a move­ment named “En Marche” which in­di­cated that Mr. Macron is a Pro-euro­pean and be­lieves that the Euro­pean poli­cies are very im­por­tant for the peo­ple in France and in or­der to move ahead in glob­al­iza­tion. Mr. Macron also agreed that Euro­pean Union was needed to change the poli­cies so that they are at par with the sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try.

In his opin­ion few re­forms were needed, with­out which there would be dif­fi­culty mov­ing ahead with the num­ber of ob­sta­cles that had be­fallen on the coun­try’s path to progress.

Although Ms. Ma­rine Le Pen won sup­port from the for­mer in­dus­trial and ru­ral ar­eas when she guar­an­teed to re­claim the sovereignty of the France from Euro­pean Union help­ing in pro­tec­tion of the bor­ders of France and French work­ers, Mr. Macron won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion with 60% ma­jor­ity.

Pop­u­lar­ity of Mr. Macron

Ac­cord­ing to Michael Barnier, the chief Brexit ne­go­tia­tor of Euro­pean Union:- “Mr. Macron is a pa­triot and Euro­pean, and that France must re­main Euro­pean.”

Fol­low­ing Brexit, Euro­pean Union has been fac­ing many prob­lems and also is­sues per­tain­ing to the mi­grant cri­sis, in­creas­ing num­ber of re­bel­lious cap­i­tals and slow eco­nomic growth which makes the exit of France from the Euro­pean Union a disaster for it, thereby ques­tion­ing the very sta­bil­ity of the Euro­pean Union. Hence, Mr. Macron be­ing elected as a Pres­i­dent of France gives a re­lief to the Euro­pean Union of­fi­cials as there are chances for them to re­form their ways and give Europe a chance for re­cu­per­a­tion.

He pro­poses to stop Bri­tish busi­nesses from bidding within the Euro­pean Union for pub­lic con­tracts post-brexit.

Charles Grant of the Cen­tre for Euro­pean Re­form said -“Mr. Em­manuel Macron wants the re­forms to be made so as to in­crease the France’s econ­omy and strengthen its po­si­tion in Europe.”

Poli­cies of mr. Em­manuel macron

Mr. Macron be­ing a firm be­liever and a fer­vent sup­porter of the Euro­pean Union, con­sid­ers that the UK com­mit­ted a crime by ex­it­ing and also showed con­cerns with re­gard to the UK bor­der con­trols promis­ing the ci­ti­zens that he would rene­go­ti­ate the “Le Tou­quet Agree­ment” be­tween France and the UK. This Agree­ment em­pow­ers the UK of­fi­cials at the bor­der to con­duct checks in France.

Mr. Macron has also re­jected to share the debt of the mem­ber states and had his first of­fi­cial meet­ing with the Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, who agreed to help in the re­vival the Euro­pean Union.

As per the poli­cies set forth for the campaigning of the elec­tion, Mr. Macron wishes to cre­ate a ‘Euro­pean Se­cu­rity Coun­cil’ in or­der to bring all mil­i­tary, in­tel­li­gence and diplo­matic leader of the mem­ber states to­gether.

He has also brought for­ward a five-year plan for Pub­lic Investment and Spend­ing, where nearly 50 bil­lion eu­ros will be in­vested in the ar­eas such as trans­port, in­fra­struc­ture, farm­ing, job-train­ing, and health care. He wishes to meet the en­vi­ron­men­tal en­ergy tar­get thereby mak­ing changes to move from coal based en­ergy pro­duc­tion to use re­new­able resource en­ergy.

Where Ms. Ma­rine Le Pen wanted to shut out the im­mi­grants from France, Mr. Em­manuel Macron in­sists on hav­ing a six-month pe­riod for as­sess­ing and pro­cess­ing the asy­lum re­quests and an in­te­gra­tion pro­gram for the for­eign­ers who came to France. Mr. Macron in a rally in the month of Oc­to­ber said-“if the state is neu­tral which is at the heart of sec­u­lar­ism, then it is the duty of each and every­one to let oth­ers prac­tice their re­li­gion with dig­nity.” There­fore he fol­lows strict sec­u­lar poli­cies.

As re­gards the work visa i.e., tal­ent visa, he wishes to re­duce the amount of time re­quire to ob­tain a visa, so that skilled pro­fes­sion­als are al­lowed to work in France. With re­gard to the eco­nomic poli­cies, he pro­poses to re­duce cor­po­rate tax from 33 per­cent to 25 per­cent in the fu­ture.

For a bet­ter fu­ture of the French econ­omy Mr. Em­manuel Macron in­sisted that it is vi­tal for it to be a part of Euro­pean Union and so as to be a part of the world glob­al­iza­tion. But what holds in the fu­ture for France is yet to be seen with Mr. Macron who took charge of of­fice on May 14th, 2017 with ob­sta­cles in the way such as “Hol­lande Syn­drome” in Brus­sels as the for­mer Pres­i­dent had cre­ated vo­lu­mi­nous ex­pec­ta­tions in Brus­sels and many more which cur­rently are ly­ing in the dark.

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