The fight against Covid-19 and economic recovery. One theme then the other. As if to symbolize “the two legs” on which Emmanuel Macron hears ” walk “, in the last line of his five-year term, according to his entourage. After assuming his strong method to impose vaccination, Thursday, on the sidelines of a stage of the Tour de France, the Head of State focused the second day of his trip to the Hautes-Pyrénées, Friday, July 16, on the theme of industrial development and tourism. A way of symbolizing the rebound in the activity that it intends to boost, at the end of a year and a half of the health crisis. The opportunity, also, for the increasingly candidate president, to praise his economic record, with a view to the presidential election of 2022.

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“We can become a great industrial nation again”, he said after the visit of the Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles) to Bagnères-de-Bigorre. A site supposed to illustrate the reindustrialisation of a territory, strongly affected by “Relocations” factories in the 1980s and 1990s, and “The fall of textiles, which were the two locomotives of the valley”, underlined the former Minister of the Economy.

If he greeted “Industrial commitment” of CAF, which plans to invest 25 million euros in its Bagnères plant, which will allow the creation of nearly 250 jobs by 2026, the President of the Republic did not fail to recall that the State had also participated in the amount of 700,000 euros, as part of the recovery plan amounting to 100 billion, launched in September.

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Visit to the sanctuary of Lourdes

Accused by the left of having favored the wealthiest during his five-year term, the former banker once again defended his tax policy, in particular the abolition of the solidarity tax on wealth (ISF) or the reduction of the corporate tax, which he said made the country more “Attractive” for investors. “We have become competitive again” thanks to “Concrete gains” of these reforms, he assured. “The strategy that we have been pursuing for four years has had results”, he added, two weeks after the Choose France summit, which was held at the end of June at the Palace of Versailles to extol the attractiveness of France. As a small revenge for the one who was caricatured as the “president of the rich” at the start of the five-year term.

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