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In his first New Year’s address to the French people Sunday, just before the New Year was rung in, the French president, Emmanuel Macon, said that he will continue to pursue the reform agenda that he introduced in 2017 in 2018.

Transformations, such as those initiated at school, at work, on the climate “will continue with the same force in 2018,” he said, adding that he will not stop “acting” despite the “discordant” voices.

Working France

Addressing the problem of unemployment, he said that France needs to put work at the “heart of our society” because France can only be strong through work.

He added that he would strive tirelessly to provide that work. The goal, he said, is to enable everyone to “earn more, to train those who are unemployed, and enable people to develop skills and learning. He also stressed the importance of “lifelong learning to cope with the big changes” that France is facing.

“I believe in success, but what are these successes if they are only for a few?” he said, stressing the need for a social project and the sharing of success.

“Without this humanistic [program], our country will not stand united,” he warned, citing the problems of “nations [that] are breaking down” where only a few people are successful.

A roof for all

He also reiterated his commitment “to provide a roof” to “all those who are today homeless.”

“There are still situations that are not acceptable (…) We will continue the effort necessary to succeed in fully respecting the commitment I myself made to you [to end homelessness,” he continued. Read More …

 

He also reiterated his commitment “to provide a roof” to “all those who are today homeless.” “There are still situations that are not acceptable (…) We will continue the effort necessary to succeed in fully respecting the commitment I myself made to you [to end homelessness,” he continued.