This week in French politics

Much of this week’s discussions in the French Parliament will be centred around two bills aimed at boosting spending power as the war in Ukraine continues.

The bills have been brought by MPs of the Ensemble ! coalition, which includes President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party (formerly La République en Marche).

It comes as President Macron warned that the “war in Ukraine will last” and that Russia cutting gas supply to western Europe was a “probable” scenario, during an interview on July 14.

Read more: Ukraine, energy, pensions: Key points of Macron’s July 14 interview

Here is a round-up of the key points for the week ahead.

Assemblée nationale

Tuesday, July 19 

The bill contains 20 proposals intended to “protect French people’s standard of living”, “protect the consumer” and enable sovereignty over energy supplies. The proposals include increases to French pensions and social benefits, as well as support with food costs for low-income households. 

The bill was brought by Nord MP Charlotte Parmentier-Lecocq (Renaissance), Saône-et-Loire 5th district MP Louis Margueritte (Renaissance), Charente 2nd district MP Sandra Marsaud (Renaissance) and Hauts-de-Seine 13th district MP Maud Bregeon (Renaissance.)

Read more: Recap: France’s nine measures to boost residents’ spending power

Wednesday, July 20

  • Several directors from associations, companies and unions involved in the energy sector will speak about the challenges surrounding “energy restraint”, a new…

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