French politics

The Agenda 2014

François Hollande, incumbent French president

Two years. This is the objective François Hollande targeted to recover the France’s economic situation.

Invited by the TF1 Channel TV News on the last Sunday, François Hollande defended his strategy and his policy at the moment critics are more and more important within the majority. The French head of State planned a strict budget – tackling reduction of deficit – and the implementation of the 75-percent wealth tax on incomes over one million euro or a new policy against unemployment with an ambitious reform of the labour market.

François Hollande gives himself two years to implement his “recovery agenda” or “agenda 2014” to put France on its feet back and find prosperity again. This is a risky, audacious and hazardous challenge insofar as the current situation is not encouraging and more and more people are wondering about the incumbent president’s strategy. The French president was to take the initiative to try to ensure his compatriots and leading the cape and the objectives he targeted both.

Introducing his “recovery agenda”, François Hollande reaffirmed his objective and confirmed his strategy in fact, which is a policy essentially orientated to the France’s debt reduction, major condition to go to the growth and prosperity path again. The French head of State already unveiled his strategy in a certain way in January 2012 during Le Bourget rally (which was the official kick-off of his campaign): the beginning of the five-year-mandate would be mainly focused on the effort to give to put France on its feet again, which supposes the contribution of everyone.

Thus, French people should not be surprised by the policy currently led by Hollande and his government insofar as it was planned. Moreover, Hollande took as a commitment to lead this strategy to ensure and concretise change. The agenda 2014 must be considered as the first stage of the mandate, a crucial step as the upcoming decisions in which the social justice issue will be very important to take into account. François Hollande and his Premier, Jean-Marc Ayrault, are clearly aware of that, efforts will be asked to French people and everyone will have to give his contribution, whatever his social condition or status, as long as the social justice principle is put forward, which explains the recent polemic about the Bernard Arnault’s intention – the richest man of France and the fourth fortune in the world – to request the Belgian nationality.

Before his interview in the TF1 TV News stage with Claire Chazal, journalist

The Agenda 2014 is an audacious and risky challenge, with no guarantee of success, as I wrote before. François Hollande knows it and also knows if he does not give concrete results in two years, it would be a major problem for his probable re-election. In spite of all, it is still inexact to consider the French head of State underestimated the importance of the crisis and the solutions to bring insofar as François Hollande is applying the strategy he put forward during the presidential race. Undoubtedly, some Frenchs, shaken by five years of sarkozysm and expecting immediate results, thought change would be for now, that explains their disappointment. In fact, change necessarily goes through a recovery policy, which involves a new cape, a new objective for France, as Gerhard Schröder did in Germany with the Agenda 2010, introduced in 2003 by the Socialist-Green coalition. Indeed, if the François Hollande interview was expected and very followed the last Sunday, it was really instructive insofar as the French Head of State confirms his political strategy to get France out of the crisis. This strategy will have an impact on the French Left and the French Socialist Party which is more and more becoming a social-democratic movement.