The new French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Wednesday that the fight for employment will be the “absolute priority” of his government, although he has also set himself the goal of reconciling the French to the Coronavirus after the social protests he has stopped .
“The fight against unemployment and the maintenance of work will be the government’s absolute priority for the next 18 months,” Castex said in an intervention before the National Assembly, according to Le Figaro.
In particular, he pointed out that “the first urgency” will be young people, “the first to be affected by the crisis”. For example, it announced that the government would meet with the social partners on Friday to discuss a youth employment plan with the proposal to cut labor costs for hiring children under 25 by up to € 4,000 a year.
Castex has also highlighted the social problem that COVID-19 has left behind. “The crisis has undoubtedly hit France, a France that is divided, (…) France that sometimes feels abandoned,” he said.