emmanuel Macron’s Cabinet, 2018
CRISIS MANAGER: TARA SUBRAMANIAM
CHAIR: AINE CRINION
The election of Emmanuel Macron was one of youth, hope and optimism. The French held it up as a symbol of resistance against the growing waves of populism in Europe. However, a year into his presidency, disappointment has emerged. The citizens, who want someone to champion their causes, view Macron and his economic policies as elitist. Their frustration is uncontainable, erupting in protests on the streets, as is the grand French tradition. As a member of Macron’s cabinet, you will be tested and pushed to new limits as you face these challenges and work to find a solution that satisfies the French people.
topic A: The economy
Labor reform was one of the pillars of Macron’s presidential campaign, with the goal of lowering the country’s unemployment rate from 9.1% to 7% by 2022. A few months after winning the election, Macron announced the first round of his labor reforms which prompted thousands of union members to protest across the country in September 2017. To subdue the protests, the authorities turned to tear gas, which further exacerbated tensions. Despite additional protests, Macron has continued his efforts to lower unemployment, but his policies have contributed to a steady decline in his approval rating. His cabinet has to contend with this unfavorable political climate, promises to their base about improving the economic landscape and their leader’s steadfast commitment to his lofty vision for the country.
Topic b: Immigration
As nationalist and populist sentiments surged throughout Europe, France was no exception. An especially hot button issue during the presidential campaign with the rise of Marine Le Pen and le Front National, the Macron administration continues to grapple with the conflicting views on immigration within the nation. As the world transitions into a new age, Macron’s cabinet must define France’s national identity when faced with these complex questions of immigration, secularism, and globalization.
topic c: Brexit and the Eu
As the second largest economy in the European Union following Brexit, France must help Europe maintain stability even as it navigates domestic tensions and a stagnating growth rate. In the face of the global spread of populism and isolationism, the European Union will need to reevaluate how to promote internationalism and free trade. In this new configuration of the EU, France now has the opportunity to assert more power and gain favorable trade as the second largest economy due to Britain’s exit. Macron’s cabinet must balance addressing the needs of France’s disgruntled citizens and maintaining the current world order.