Macron Addresses the Nation, Says Nothing

Amidst rioting which continues to spread across France, and has become much more a sign of general dissatisfaction than a specific protest over fuel taxes, French President Emmanuel Macron made a nationwide televised address today.  Here is a version with English translation from France 24 English.

He spoke for thirteen minutes, which I can summarise as “blah, blah, blah”.

He’s going to raise the minimum wage (that’s sure to help!), encourage employers to pay year-end bonuses which will not be taxed, make overtime tax free, and—wait for it—ask large enterprises and and the wealthy to “contribute”.  And he wants to “discuss” immigration and identity.

I’m sure the gliets jaunes will be immediately mollified and go home to watch football.

Hey, it worked for Louis XVI.

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15 thoughts on “Macron Addresses the Nation, Says Nothing”

  1. John Walker:
    He’s going to… make overtime tax free, and—wait for it—ask… the wealthy to “contribute”

    So an hourly worker working 60 hours a week and making 150k Euro will avoid tax on more than half of that* while a salaried person working 60 hours a week and making 150k Euro will have it all taxed and be “asked” to “contribute” more. 

    Think anyone will find ways to game the system?

    *35-hour work week means 25 hours are overtime. If those are at time and a half, that equals 37.5 hours of normal work.

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  2. Very bad move. Next time they want a raise or a tax cut, they know what they have to do…

    Dead Macron Walking

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  3. If I remember right the public rose up and made cuts in the national government when Louis XVI was king.

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  4. I think Macron is a good example  of a person who thinks that taxes are free and helpful. It looks good on paper and that is all that matters.

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  5. John Walker:
    And he wants to “discuss” immigration and identity.

    I notice the EU flag alongside the French flag next to Macron. Somehow, I don’t think those discussions will be meaningful.

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  6. 10 Cents:
    If I remember right the public rose up and made cuts in the national government when Louis XVI was king.

    Yes, but Madame Defarge knitted him a nice turtleneck sweater to keep his neck warm, so there’s that.

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  7. Ace Fungo:

    10 Cents:
    If I remember right the public rose up and made cuts in the national government when Louis XVI was king.

    Yes, but Madame Defarge knitted him a nice turtle neck sweater to keep his neck warm, so there’s that.

    Gillette had a nice product placement. I think they were selling their single blade product back then. “Fit for a king!!”

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  8. 10 Cents:
    If I remember right the public rose up and made cuts in the national government when Louis XVI was king.

    As Louis XVI’s ancestor, Louis XIV, said (or, more likely didn’t), «L’état, c’est moi».

    If the King is the State, then that gives a trenchant new meaning to the phrase “coup d’état”.

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  9. John Walker:
    As Louis XVI’s ancestor, Louis XIV, said (or, more likely didn’t), «L’état, c’est moi». If the King is the State, then that gives a trenchant new meaning to the phrase “coup d’état”.

    Well, Louis XIV’s son, Louis XV has a more apropos quote for Macron: “Après moi, le déluge.”* 

    Let it pour.

    * A variant is also attributed to Louis XV’s paramour, Madam Pompadour.

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  10. Seawriter:
    Well, Louis XIV’s son, Louis XV

    The reason I used “ancestor” referring to the relationship between Louis XVI and XIV is that the family tree of the House of Bourbon is…complicated.  Actually, because Louis XIV reigned for so long (1643–1715), Louis XV was actually his great-grandson.  Louis XV became king at the age of five, after Louis XIV’s eldest son, the future Louis XV’s father, and oldest brother all died of disease.

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  11. Seawriter:
    Louis XV has a more apropos quote for Macron: “Après moi, le déluge.”

    Normally, I don’t look to the French for ideas in good governance, but …

    … it this were how we did term limits, the flood of early retirements would be only salutary. And a joy to behold.

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  12. “Let them carpool!” As Macron reportedly said, will go down in history alongside Marie Antoinette ‘s “Let them eat cake!”

    i just read a great piece on this, I think on Powerline:

    France is stuck.  It has a huge welfare state and for  that you need high taxes.  But, if you tax the rich and high-income producers too punitively , they’ll leave the country.  Still the populace is going to be pissed if you cut taxes on the rich.  But if you don’t HAVE the rich,  and you want to keep handing out the bennies,  you have to tax the middle and lower income gens,  and they’ll be pissed about that, too.  Is there any solution?

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