Youth emergency

A forty-something president surrounded by children and young people goes up the Champ-de-Mars against a backdrop ofOde to Joy. The care with which Emmanuel Macron’s team composed the staging of his re-election, on the evening of April 24, cannot hide an undeniable reality: his victory in the second round of the presidential election (58.5%) owes much to the mobilization of the oldest electorate. The over 65s voted for it, giving it 70 to 75%, according to Ifop and Elabe. This score contrasts with that observed in another age group.

According to the same institutes, among 25-34 year olds, Marine Le Pen comes in slightly ahead. Nothing new: it has been a few years that the National Rally has been in the majority in this category. Some conclude a little too quickly that there is a generation gap; “young” and “old” would no longer share the same values. Before embarking on the moral ground, we must take stock of the difficulties that millions of young French people face on a daily basis – unemployment, housing –, to which are added the major contemporary threats: climate change, anxiety about downgrading. Not to mention the Covid epidemic which has left deep traces on the psychology.

→ MAINTENANCE. Véronique Devise: “It is absolutely necessary to make young people a priority for the five-year term”

In The cross, the president of Secours Catholique calls for making youth one of the priorities of the five-year term. Véronique Devise stresses that we must take the lead. It is often between the ages of 18 and 25 that we risk locking ourselves into poverty: “Afterwards, everything becomes more difficult. » A warning that is also transposed on a national scale, in the political field: for lack of a vigorous and rapid response to their suffering, it should not come as a surprise that these young people take long-term refuge in populism.


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