Faced with the unions, François Fillon waves the stick without neglecting the carrot

The former prime minister knows that a quarter of his announcements about his presidential program would be enough to spark social movements if elected. But to achieve his ends, he deploys his tactical and strategic talents.

During the right-wing primary, François Fillon liked to repeat it: in 2003 he had led a pension reform despite the social discontent. “There were millions of people in the street and I did not give in”, then recalled the former Minister of Labor, swearing that he “never feared” the unions …

Years have passed and the candidate promises to be as determined a president as the minister has been. Whatever the union resistance. if the project of candidate LR saw the light of day. Even the CFDT, which supported its 2003 reform, described the program as “very worrying” or “unbearable”. To make his case worse, François Fillon even announced a “renovation of social dialogue”, with the generalization of company referendums or the end of the union monopoly in the first round of professional elections.

“No one will be surprised, François Fillon’s project has been on the table for a long time and the French will have decided”

Thierry Solère, spokesperson for François Fillon

The former prime minister knows that a quarter of his announcements …