François Ruffin, LFI deputy for the Somme, expressed the wish, on Tuesday, to see wages indexed to inflation, a measure which does not however appear in the program of the Insoumis for the legislative elections. “On purchasing power, the first thing to do is index wages to inflation,” said France Info the former journalist, who launched last week in Flixecourt (Somme) his campaign for the legislative elections of 12 and 19 June.

“I would like there to be an indexation of wages to inflation”, as existed in France until 1983, because “inflation is not cyclical, it is linked in particular to the environmental crisis which is producing an inflation of raw materials, “he explained, while acknowledging that the measure does not appear in the program of LFI or the New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) for the legislative elections. “If you ever let product inflation happen and, during that time, wages stagnate, that mechanically produces an erosion of purchasing power, not just for people who are on the minimum wage, not just for people who are on social minima,” he warned.

“Do you realize the modesty of my request: I am not asking to index salaries to the top five French fortunes”, whereas “under Macron, in five years, the top five French fortunes have seen their fortunes triple” , he quipped. “We are like in the old regime, the lords are exempt from taxes”, also deplored the LFI deputy, denouncing a “situation of major injustice” since “today, the small pay big and the big ones do not don’t pay taxes.”

“Amazon, Hermès, Bernard Arnault, Mulliez, Total must be taxed according to their profits” and “we will find room for maneuver to make the economy breathe”, he pleaded. He also replied in the affirmative to his participation in a possible Jean-Luc Mélenchon government if the latter wins the elections and becomes Prime Minister.


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