The Prime Minister spoke after the announcement of the first estimated results for the European elections.
“We are living in a serious time, very serious, for France and for Europe”, said Manuel Valls in the face of massive abstention and the breakthrough of the far right. “You have expressed your scepticism” he told the French people, alluding to “a crisis of confidence which affects the adherence to the European project”. “And yet I know that you love Europe”, the Prime Minister continued, “but Europe needs to restore your hope. It is up to all of the governments to answer you and to do everything possible for growth and employment. We need a stronger, more united, fairer and more generous Europe”.
“This vote is more than just a warning, it is a shock, an earthquake”, said Manuel Valls. “None of us can shirk our responsibilities”, he stated.
“I owe you the truth, we must have courage as France needs to reform”, explained Manuel Valls who reiterated that “the goal of our policy is efficiency. It will provide strength because it is consistent for employment, for purchasing power, and against inequalities”. The Prime Minister recalled the Government’s key measures for competitiveness, employment and purchasing power, particularly for low-income households. “Preparing for the future means reforming”, he emphasised. “It is in collective action that we will find the solidarity that unites us. (...) The Government is taking action. We will continue with vigour and for the love of France”, he concluded.