The Minister responsible for European Affairs had to be honoured, Monday, the day of Europe. It was, but not as expected it. While celebrating the event, the Prime Minister cautioned in his presence against "the return of nationalism and populism" in the Union, Laurent Wauquiez fuelled the controversy in France. His comments, Sunday on SMR, "cancer" "drifts of assistance" sparked a volley of protests left and associations to fight against poverty, but they were also newly allowed by part of the UMP.
Laurent Wauquiez wants to impose "social work" hours to the recipients of the revenue of active solidarity, single pane to appear for the moment in the proposal for an act which he announced the filing within 10 days. He also wants to "cap the accumulation of all the social minima at 75 of the minimum wage, no more". ATD Fourth World immediately qualified the project of "anti-social shield." "Cancer, they are not unemployed, is unemployment," stressed the Socialist David Assouline.
The Communist Marie - George Buffet has denounced an attempt to "Marshall the electorate of the extreme right". As Laurent Wauquiez also sought to impose on foreign nationals five years of residence to access social benefits. Such a measure, which would be unconstitutional and not experts in accordance with European law, has not enough to satisfy the FN which, faithful to its concern to appear now before all social, protested that "crisis, child policy of Nicolas Sarkozy, and the current policy make indispensable protection that the State can bring to the poor."
The Minister of European Affairs, who previously treated his image of social Gaullist as leader of the social right in the UMP, has also been challenged in his camp. His colleague, the Minister of solidarity, Roselyne Bachelot, in charge of the RSA, was scathing. In a press release, she states that "Laurent Wauquiez proposals pose difficulties of principle and implementation (it) it was also reported in an in-depth interview. She pointed out that during the crisis, "(the RSA was especially instrumental advocate for the poor (et that) it was normal that its results are underperforming in the return to employment."
Roselyne Bachelot also stressed that an "important differential subsists between the RSA and the minimum wage", while basing its proposals, Laurent Wauquiez said that a couple without children not working and benefiting from the RSA would be more in some cases as a pair where a person works in being paid at the SMIC. Taking the case of two singles, one in the RSA in the minimum wage, the Minister figure the difference in income at 660 euros, housing allowance included in the two cases.
The President of the commission for Social Affairs of the National Assembly, Pierre Méhaignerie, is also critical: "Attention do not stigmatize." Should not legislate in a hasty manner. All this must be preceded by a review of the RSA. "And we should also deal with the other end of the string, i.e. of the problem of very high income to be exempt from tax", tells "echoes".
Close to the President of the UMP MP Valérie Rosso-Debord however "welcomed" Laurent Wauquiez proposals that he appear as "common sense" and entering completely "the logic of the discussions triggered by Jean-François Copé." She announced that they "will be obviously debated at the convention on social justice organised by the UMP June 8".