“When I was younger, I used to say Cross the street…” Asked by a mother about the situation of her son looking for a job, Emmanuel Macron once again quipped about the ease of finding a job. A statement which – as he himself pointed out – recalls a conversation with a young man whom he had invited in 2018 to “cross the street” to find a job, which had caused controversy.
“I’m going around the Old Port this evening with you, I’m sure there are 10 job offers”, ured Emmanuel Macron to this mother who challenged him during his stroll in Marseille ( Bouches-du-Rhône), this Monday afternoon. The latter lamented that her 33-year-old son, deprived of active solidarity income (RSA), could not find work. “You catch me, where is the son? even asks the president.
“What does your son want to work in? asked the president then. “Everything,” replies the girl’s mother, nodding when Emmanuel Macron asks him if he would also be ready to be a waiter. “I would be surprised if there is not a cafe or a restaurant that does not seek” on the Old Port, also ures Emmanuel Macron. What the mother of the family explains that her son, who no longer pays his rent “for eleven months”, “does not have enough money for transport”.
Lowest unemployment rate
On the occasion of the European Heritage Days organized at the Élysée Palace, Emmanuel Macron had already called on a young horticulturist to “cross the street to find work”. “Now, hotels, cafes, restaurants, I cross the street, I find you some! They simply want people who are ready to work, with the constraints of the profession, ”ured Emmanuel Macron.
This little sentence which had caused controversy – the president bearing only the unemployed the responsibility for their situation – for which Emmanuel Macron had a thought on Monday: “It is even more true today than yesterday”, he ured.
Unemployment rate, estimated at 7.1% in the first quarter of 2023, has never been so low in France since 1982. However, many professions deplore a lack of manpower, especially since the Covid-19. The restaurant and hotel sector is particularly affected.