As the labour reform comes into force, unemployment should fall especially as President Macron shows the money
After completing the second major reform of his mandate, it was time for President Macron to unveil his plan for structural investments. This was launched by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe yesterday which will see the government pouring about €57 billion into modernising the French economy. The announcement came straight after their party suffered its first electoral setback in the Senate winning fewer than expected seats this past weekend.
As expected, his Republic on the Move party (LREM) will not have a majority and will, therefore, have to rely on support from other parties to conduct constitutional reforms.
The structural investment plan will cost €56.3bn, which is more than what the President had promised (€ 50bn) during his campaign.Spread over five years, the plan together with the labour market reform should help support the economic recovery.
Macron's structural investment plan
The number of unemployed for August and the coming months should show an encouraging drop. But if the benefits of the labour reform do not translate into hiring intentions, the evolution of that number will remain limited.