If it is fair for a society to judge itself by the way it treats its youth, then urgent action is needed. Usually more affected than any other generation by unemployment, great poverty and poor housing, here it is hit even more by the economic and social crisis that the pandemic brings behind it.
Reality alarms us. With the financial difficulties, the difficulties to feed oneself, to find accommodation, to take care of oneself, to continue studies, to access an internship or a first job … The present is becoming heavy and the future uncertain. Youth sinks into precariousness and general indifference accompanies it.
Being young is a test, a sometimes cruel initiatory rite. So what is this strange nation that decides on a majority on the penal level at 16 in practice, on the civic level at 18 and socially at 25? Isn’t it time to come back to this often shared truism: young people must drool over it and their duties come before their rights?
With financial difficulties, there are increasing difficulties in eating, housing, caring, pursuing studies, accessing an internship or a first job …
At the heart of the crisis, however, voices are raised. They invite our gaze, and even more our conscience, to turn to this youth. Voices that add to each other in the face of the obvious and urgent need but that the President of the Republic stubbornly refuses to hear.
The latest government announcements fall short of the plight that plagues young people today. The answer cannot be reduced to urging young people to “get moving” to get by; today, we have to move for the youth. Not small aids, gadgets, hotlines or websites: we are asking for urgent and strong measures.
But dealing with the emergency will be insufficient if this is not accompanied by in-depth reflection.
The suffering of young people will be the suffering of an entire country and its future if we do not act. This Covid generation is also the Climate generation, the one who demonstrated just a few months ago, calling on us through the streets to justice and the defense of the environment. Caught between a stifling planet and a confined daily life, can we reasonably grow, build and embrace the future with a light heart?
This youth is however the key to the world we have to build and its fate will determine that of our country. In this, it obliges us. Give it the means to live in dignity, to imagine the future other than through the features it attributes to it, and to allow it to take part in the grand design of a changing world.
An objective ally of the senatorial right, the government unfortunately voted against a text in the Senate which proposed to provide young people with a minimum income through the opening of the RSA from 18 years. We call on him so that he can finally learn from his mistakes and move quickly on an issue that is becoming a survival issue for a growing part of our youth.
The latest government announcements fall short of the plight that plagues young people today.
We call on parliamentarians to seize the opportunity that opens up to institute a “minimum youth”. The “WINGS” bill aiming to establish a basic income at 18 and a capital endowment of € 5,000 to start life will be debated in the National Assembly on February 18. Before, it will have been the subject of an unprecedented citizen consultation online on Parliament & Citizens, where thousands of citizens have spoken.
We want a demanding, peaceful debate, in which everyone can assert their point of view, listen to the contradiction, accept to be convinced or nurture the ambition to convince. We owe it to our youth.
But will it take place? For the government, the main flaw of this proposal is that it comes from the opposition. May the majority not brush aside this debate and this citizen consultation with the wave of the hand! May she seize this opportunity to act! It is an interpellation of the Executive in an unprecedented moment of urgency for young people.
Let us have the courage to take strong measures, let us not avoid any debate to give young people the means for their autonomy and to trace the path of their emancipation.
Signatories of the call for a minimum youth
National Assembly (Socialists and Related Group):
- Joël Aviragnet, deputy for Haute-Garonne
- Marie-Noelle Battistel, Member of Parliament for Isère
- Gisèle Biemouret, MP for Gers
- Jean Louis Bricout, deputy for Aisne
- Alain David, deputy for the Gironde
- Laurence Dumont, Member of Parliament for Calvados
- Olivier Faure, Deputy for Seine-et-Marne – First secretary of the PS
- Guillaume Garot, deputy for Mayenne
- David Habib, deputy for Pyrénées-Atlantiques
- Chantal Jourdan, Member of Parliament for Orne
- Régis Juanico, deputy for the Loire (Generation-s)
- Marietta Karamanli, Member of Parliament for Sarthe
- Jérôme Lambert, deputy for Charente
- Gérard Leseul, deputy for Seine-Maritime
- Josette Manin, MP for Martinique (Related)
- Philippe Naillet, deputy of Réunion
- Christine Pires Beaune, Member of Parliament for Puy-de-Dôme
- Dominique Potier, deputy for La Meurthe-et-Moselle
- Valerie Rabault, president of the group, Member of Parliament for Tarn
- Claudia Rouaux, Member of Parliament for Ille-et-Vilaine
- Isabelle Santiago, Member of Parliament for Val-de-Marne
- Hervé Saulignac, deputy for Ardèche
- Sylvie Tolmont, Member of Parliament for Sarthe
- Cécile Untermaier, Member of Parliament for Saône-et-Loire
- Hélène Vainqueur-Christophe, Member of Parliament for Guadeloupe
- Boris Vallaud, deputy for Landes
- Michèle Victory, Member of Parliament for Ardèche
Senate (Socialist, Ecologist and Republican group):
- Antiste Maurice: Senator of Martinique
- Artigalas Viviane: Senator of the Hautes Pyrénées
- Bigot Joël: Senator of Maine-et-Loire
- BLATRIX-CONTAT Florence: Senator for Ain
- BOUAD Denis: Senator of Gard
- Bourgi Hussein: Senator for Hérault
- Cardon Rémi: Senator of the Somme
- Carlotti Marie Arlette: Senator of Bouches du Rhône
- Conway-Mouret Hélène: Senator representing the French outside France
- Devinaz Gilbert-Luc: Senator of the Rhône
- Durain Jérôme: Senator of Saône-et-Loire
- Féraud Rémi: Senator of Paris
- Féret Corinne: Senator of Calvados
- Fichet Jean-Luc: Senator of Finistère
- Godson Martine: Senator of the North
- Gillé Hervé: Senator of the Gironde
- Houllegatte Jean-Michel: Senator for La Manche
- Jasmin Victoire: Senator from Guadeloupe
- Joly Patrice: Senator for Nièvre
- Jourda Gisèle: Senator for Aude
- Kanner Patrick: Senator of the North
- Kerrouche Éric: Senator of the Landes
- de La Gontrie Marie-Pierre: Senator of Paris
- Leconte Jean-Yves: Senator representing French people living outside France
- Le Houerou Annie: Senator of Côtes-d’Armor
- Lepage Claudine: Senator of the French Outside France
- Lozach Jean-Jacques: Senator of the Creuse
- Lubin Monique: Senator of the Landes
- Lurel Victorin: Senator of Guadeloupe
- Magner Jacques-Bernard: Senator of Puy-de-Dôme
- Marie Didier: Senator of Seine-Maritime
- Merillou Serge: Senator of the Dordogne
- Michau Jean-Jacques: Senator of Ariège
- Monier Marie-Pierre: Senator of Drôme
- Montaugé Franck: Senator of the Gers
- Pla Sébastien: Senator for Aude
- Poumirol Emilienne: Senator of Haute-Garonne
- Préville Angèle: Senator of Lot
- Raynal Claude: Senator for Haute-Garonne
- Redon-Sarrazy Christian: Senator of Haute Vienne
- Robert Sylvie: Senator of Ille-et-Vilaine
- Roger Gilbert: Senator of Seine-Saint-Denis
- Rossignol Laurence: Senator of the Oise
- Stanzione Lucien: Senator of Vaucluse
- Sueur Jean-Pierre: Senator for Loiret
- Temal Rachid: Senator of Val-d’Oise
- Tissot Jean-Claude: Senator of the Loire
- Todeschini Jean-Marc: Senator for Moselle and former minister
- Vallet Mickaël: Senator of Charente-Maritime
- Van Heghe Sabine: Senator of Pas-de-Calais
- Vaugrenard Yannick: Senator for Loire-Atlantique
- Laurent Ughetto (Ardèche);
- Christine Téqui (Ariège);
- Germinal Peiro (Dordogne) ;
- Nathalie Sarrabezolles (Finistère) ;
- Françoise Laurent-Perrigot (Gard);
- Georges Méric (Haute-Garonne);
- Philippe Martin (Gers);
- Jean-Luc Gleyze (Gironde);
- Kléber Mesquida (Hérault);
- Xavier Fortinon (Landes);
- Philippe Grosvalet (Loire-Atlantique);
- Sophie Borderie (Lot-et-Garonne);
- Sophie Pantel (Lozère) ;
- Valérie Beausert-Leick (Meurthe-et-Moselle);
- Alain Lassus (Nièvre);
- Hermeline Malherbe (Pyrénées-Orientales);
- Jean-Claude Leblois (Haute-Vienne);
- Stéphane Troussel (Seine-Saint-Denis);
- Josette Borel-Lincertin (Guadeloupe);
PS National Secretary for Youth : Maxime Sauvage
See also on The HuffPost: “After 3 sessions, what happens?” The student psychiatric check, a fragile measure
Source: Le Huffington Post by www.huffingtonpost.fr.
*The article has been translated based on the content of Le Huffington Post by www.huffingtonpost.fr. If there is any problem regarding the content, copyright, please leave a report below the article. We will try to process as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the author. Thank you very much!
*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.
*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article.If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!