Macron hunts on the ground of the right – Liberation

By announcing Tuesday a reinforced control of job seekers, Emmanuel Macron reuses a string of the right, which likes to stigmatize unemployed people considered lazy.

Three years ago, all they had to do was cross the street to find a job. Here are now the unemployed under the threat of having to do it with a Pôle Emploi agent in the buttocks to check that they are in the nails. Tuesday evening, during his televised address to the air of pre-declaration of candidacy, Emmanuel Sarkozy, unless it is Nicolas Macron, announced a strengthening of the control of the unemployed, accompanied by a threat of abolition of allowances for those who would just pretend to look for a job. An announcement made of course under the seal of “common sense”, who is necessarily surprised to see so many job offers not finding takers … This string, very big, Emmanuel Macron borrowed it from the right, which pulls on the edge of each election to denounce this damn economy of the assistantship in which so many unemployed people would enjoy themselves.

As often, this “common sense” short-sighted. All the specialists say it: it would not be known if putting a job seeker in front of a vacant offer were so easy. The truth is that the problems of training, lasting remoteness from employment, geographical distance, arduousness, level of salary, attractiveness of offers are more difficult to resolve than to stigmatize lazy unemployed people. To deny that there are any would be absurd. But to suggest that they are in the majority and that fraud is so central to the dysfunctions of the labor market is an economic sham. The posture of the Head of State is, it could not be clearer: go hunting on the ground of a right whose candidates for the primary spoil themselves chasing after the identity and security themes of the far right. The left is offended to see the unemployed once again stigmatized. This is the minimum. We would also like to see it reappropriate, by reinventing it, this “work value” which has been at the heart of its identity for so long.

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