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Strategic Considerations in Public Policy Implementation of "La Loi Macron" 23/01/2015 Stéphane Séjourné: Parliamentary Assessor for Minister of Economy and Finance Emmanuel Macron

On Friday 23rd January 2015, Stéphane Séjourné, the Parliamentary Assessor for Minister of Economy and Finance Emmanuel Macron, joined IPLI for a conference with Sciences Po students to discuss the intricacies of the the French economic reform bill dubbed "La Loi Macron."

Firstly, the speaker presented the intentions of the law. The intended purpose of the proposed law is to reactivate economic growth, investment and employment and it builds on three pillars which structure the text of the proposed law: Liberate, Invest and Work. The proposed law gathers a set of measures, such as the reform of legal professions, the diffusion of entrepreneurship and the extension of work on Sundays, which are intended to simplify and modernize the French economy. The proposed law is intended as a step in the road towards economic recovery.

The proposed law is controversial and has demonstrated an ability to shake traditional political lines of opposition in France. The debates around the proposed law fall around two axes: ideology and territory. Regarding ideology, there has been a break in party discipline that brings about signs of abstention among “Parti Socialiste” legislators. On the second issue, both the “Front National” and the “Parti Communiste” show a counterintuitively similar position in favor of decentralization, that is used as a shield against reforms. This unusually challenging scenario has demanded exceptional responses and as such it led Minister Emmanuel Macron to work closely with parliamentary commissions in an effort to seek political consensus.

On Friday 23rd January 2015, Stéphane Séjourné, the Parliamentary Assessor for Minister of Economy and Finance Emmanuel Macron, joined IPLI for a conference with Sciences Po students to discuss the intricacies of the the French economic reform bill dubbed "La Loi Macron."

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