The Prime Minister was on the set of the TFI 8 o’clock news yesterday for his first interview since his appointment.
"The President of the French Republic is anxious to respond to the message expressed by the French people during the municipal elections, a message of disillusion with regard to our action, a message of anger, and sometimes fear about the future", Manuel Valls said on Wednesday 2 April on TF1.
Regarding the composition of the Government, announced on Wednesday 2 April, the Prime Minister considered it "normal to find experienced men and women, with either the same responsibilities or new ones". "In two days, we have put together probably the most streamlined government in the history of the French Republic. A government to fight for the French people", he added.
The Prime Minister then talked about the issues facing the country. Although he acknowledged that "deficits must be reduced", he also pointed out that this must be done "intelligently, without bringing fundamental public services into question ". Asked about the Government’s approaches to lowering unemployment, Manuel Valls cited the "Responsibility Pact" announced by President François Hollande. "We will mobilise 20, even 10 billion euros, most likely more, for businesses", he said, adding: "but also for employees", in reference to the Solidarity Pact announced Monday evening by the Head of State.
Manuel Valls particularly emphasised the need to rebuild "a climate of trust". "Our country is divided, pessimistic, morose. It is understandable, we, the French people, take a harsh view of our country. (...) It is time to give people back hope, and it is my job to do so", he added.