PODCAST – Éric Woerth: Catholic, pragmatic, “full of doubts and hope”



Member of the Oise and LR chairman of the finance committee of the National Assembly since 2017, Eric Woerth, 64, does not make a secret of his Catholic faith, without carrying it as a standard. This right-wing man claims to listen to the voice of Pope Francis who in a new book, “A time for change”, delivers a plea for universal income, the flagship proposal of the socialist candidate for the 2017 presidential election.

Rejecting the label of “liberal”, this staunch supporter of individual freedom calls with conviction to avoid caricatures. The former Minister of the Budget then of Labor during the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, marked by the slogan ” Work more to earn more “, does not shy away from the differences in approach with the Argentine Pope who “Is addressed to the whole world and not only to France”.

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Those who admit that they are not familiar with the encyclicals also modestly testify to their faith. A practicing Catholic, Eric Woerth shares this mixture of doubt and hope which also carries him through the trials of life. The former minister also confides with some emotion his passion for the mountains and mountaineering.

→ ANALYSIS. Pope Francis’ plea for universal income

→ MAINTENANCE. Universal income: “Give everyone the assurance of not becoming poor”

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► Among the invited political figures:

Marlène Schiappa, Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship; Eric Piolle, EELV mayor of Grenoble; François-Xavier Bellamy, MEP Les Républicains; Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, former Minister of National Education; Bernard Cazeneuve, former Minister of the Interior, in charge of worship; Franck Meyer, evangelical mayor of Sotteville-sous-le-Val; Hubert Wulfranc, former mayor of Saint-Étienne du Rouvray; Jean-Philippe Duval, monk at the Abbey of Solesmes and municipal councilor …

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Every Wednesday from September 30 until December 23, 2020, in the second season of the podcast Place of religions, daily journalists The cross invite personalities from all walks of life to enlighten us on the relations between politics and religions based on their experience in the field. During a conversation, they reveal their convictions to us at the source of their action.

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Editorial manager: Christophe de Galzain. Interview: Arnaud Bevilacqua. Production monitoring: Célestine Albert-Steward. Editing: Flavien Edenne. Sound mixing: Gabriel Fadavi. Musical creation: Arnaud Forest. Voice: Malo Tresca. Graphic identity: Mathieu Ughetti. Editor-in-chief: Jérôme Chapuis. Archive: INA – France 3 19/20 – October 21, 2006

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