From minister to minister, the papers await the term of government in early 2023

The soon-to-be-retired government will face a very busy agenda at the start of the school year after an already politically difficult few months. Pension reform, migration policy, nuclear… assesses and develops the future of executive power.

A few days before Christmas, the ministers are preparing to take the direction of the holidays. The last few months in government and an opportunity to consider hot-button issues ahead of the start of the school year promise high tensions between pensions and inflation.

• Olivier Dussopt: unemployment and pensions

Unknown to the general public, the Secretary of Labor has passed new unemployment insurance reform and now coordinates the compensation period. the state of the labor market. This former socialist, who has long been close to Martine Aubry, has also been trying for months to keep the left wing of the majority in the Progressive Areas movement, without much influence on the government line.

Ardèchois, who carried the immigration text with Gérald Darmanin, now bears the heavy burden of defending the extension of the retirement age. A brilliant technician, he will have to convince himself that he is politically capable of carrying out this reform. According to a survey by BFMTV, only 21% of French people are in favor of delaying the legal retirement age.

• Gerald Darmanin: on immigration

After the Champions League final fiasco at the Stade de France in May, the interior minister went into meltdown. Back in the saddle with a relative mea culpa and a landslide victory in the legislative elections in Tourcoing, the minister has in recent months defended the law on the programming of the disciplinary forces. Passed by the National Assembly, it will see the doubling of security forces “within ten years” and the creation of “online complaints” in the coming months.

The Place Beauvau tenant must now focus on the immigration bill. Correctly, to convince the most skeptical of this text, the fortieth provides “never to be in mass order”.

• Bruno Le Maire: between food inflation and rising energy prices

A government heavyweight whose intentions for 2027 are attributed, the Economy Minister has been heavily involved in recent months amid record food price hikes and concessions at the pump. Le Normand can boast of passing the purchasing power bill just weeks after a disappointing legislative election for the government.

Inflation should rise further in the next few months and may be shaken as the concessions at the pump come to an end. A 15% increase in the price of electricity and gas will also be on his table. Craftsmen such as bakers and butchers are particularly concerned.

• Gabriel Attal: From 49.3 and criticism of Anne Hidalgo

The former government spokesman, now the Ministerial Representative for Public Accounts, was called to appease the opposition during the “Bersi dialogues” last autumn. The 30-year-old then had a mission to change budget discussions with the right and Nupes. While Elisabeth Borne used 49.3 10 times in her budget texts, she did not have much success.

Without a specific law to be introduced in the coming weeks, Gabriel Attal, who has been a strong critic of Anne Hidalgo in recent weeks, may want to devote himself to advancing his foot soldiers for the municipal elections in the capital.

• Agnès Pannier-Runacher: focus on nuclear after renewables

The minister in charge of the Energy Transition, accused of a conflict of interest with the oil company Perenco, is in trouble just weeks before he presents a bill on the development of wind energy and photovoltaics in France. It can now boast – after the Transparency International noted that there was “no failure” on its part – that it has been able to conduct debates in the hemisphere with relative frankness. If MPs vote on the text in January, his cabinet hopes to convince the left to support it – capital support without an absolute majority.

Agnès Pannier-Runacher will now have to believe in another more complicated bill: that of nuclear energy.

• Olivier Veran: defense of pensions

Originally appointed Minister of Parliamentary Relations – a position far removed from the Ministry of Health, which was heavily exposed at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic – Olivier Veran then moved on to become spokesman. It is his duty to defend the government in all directions in the briefing given to the press every Wednesday.

The minister has recently raised his voice against the SNCF, where some of its workers went on strike over the Christmas weekend. On the other hand, he was more silent on his portfolio as Ministerial Representative for Democratic Renewal. Olivier Veran will be exposed especially at the beginning of the school year and will have to defend the pension reform.

• Éric Dupond-Moretti: judicial reform pending

The Minister for Justice has been relatively reticent since the start of this new five-year term – except for exchanges of arms with the RN over the killing of Lola or the fate of the Ocean Viking. Bad news for him: the breathless justice action plan, which was supposed to be presented in early December, has been postponed. Faced with the risk of a strike over pension reforms, the executive wanted to avoid opening a new front against magistrates.

Éric Dupond-Moretti should try to pass a bill to strengthen the means of justice in the first half of 2023. Its outline should be submitted on January 5.

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