‘Put France first!’ says Macron’s right-hand man in response to the EU wage plan.
Jean Castex, EMMANUEL MACRON’s right-hand man, enraged eurosceptics in France by advocating for an EU-wide minimum wage.
On Saturday, the French Prime Minister made the remark at the Toulouse Conference on the Future of Europe. Mr Castex said an EU-wide minimum wage is “essential at any costs,” anticipating what would be on Emmanuel Macron’s agenda when France takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union next year.
“I’m going to be really concrete here,” he remarked, referring to the idea of a European minimum wage. “We have countries with extremely diverse labor laws.”
“We are in an open field, and countries with the most progressive social policies are penalized.
“This is not an option. It contradicts my perception of Europe. Europe is about upward alignment.
“As a result, it is essential at all costs.
“The ideal time hasn’t come yet, but if we can bring the European minimum wage directive to a successful finish under the French presidency, we can make genuine progress in the common cause.”
The remarks infuriated National Rally MEP Dominique Bilde, who asked the French government to put the interests of the French people ahead of EU ambitions.
She screamed: “France must combat deindustrialization and immigration, and Jean Castex is wasting his time with the European minimum wage, which no one wants because countries preserve their sovereignty.
“The French people are Rassemblement National’s first priority.
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