Opposition blasts Macron’s alleged ‘secret deal’ with Uber — Analysis
Following a leak of confidential files revealing Uber’s efforts to lobby high-profile politicians, the French opposition has slammed President Emmanuel Macron for a “secret deal”With the transportation giant.
A Le Monde report, published Sunday, shows that Uber’s revenue between 2014-2016 was $1.2 billion. “secret deal”Macron who at the time was economy minister. The would-be collaboration between Macron and Uber was presumably intended to boost to the company’s standing in France by watering down stringent labor laws.
Uber was allegedly able to find a partner in Macron which enabled them both to come up with an agreement. Uber can work for France only if France is working for Uber.
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Mathilde Panot, the leader of France Unbowed’s left-wing parliamentary party, has expressed disgust at the revelations. “pillage of the country.”
“Advisor and minister to [former French President] François Hollande and lobbyist for a US multinational aiming to permanently deregulate labor law,”She tweeted “And all this in contempt of court decisions.”
🚨 Macron ou le pillage du pays.Conseiller et ministre de François Hollande et lobbyiste pour multinationale états-unienne visant à déréguler durablement le droit du travail.Et ce même, en faisant fi des décisions de justice.#UberFileshttps://t.co/82Eo3HYiH3
— Mathilde Panot (@MathildePanot) July 10, 2022
Fabien Russel, the National Secretary of French Communist Party denounced these leaks “damning,”And “against all our rules, all our social achievements and against the rights of workers.”
Révélations accablantes sur le rôle actif joué par Emmanuel Macron, alors ministre, pour faciliter le développement d’Uber en France. Contre toutes nos règles, tous nos acquis sociaux et contre les droits des travailleurs.https://t.co/yiEaAOtWgZ
— Fabien Roussel (@Fabien_Roussel) July 10, 2022
French Right “Emmanuel Macron’s career is marked by a cliché, a common thread: serving private interests, often foreign, putting them before the national ones,”Twitter: Jordan Bardella is acting President of right-wing National Rally Party
C’était de notoriété publique, les #UberFiles le démontrent une fois de plus. Malgré le « en même temps » permanent, le parcours d’Emmanuel Macron a une cohérence, un fil rouge : servir des intérêts privés, souvent étrangers, avant les intérêts nationaux.https://t.co/DdmOPGACo6
— Jordan Bardella (@J_Bardella) July 10, 2022
At the same time, the president’s office tried to mitigate the fallout, telling the AFP news agency that as economy minister, Macron “naturally”Kontakte with “many companies involved in the profound change in services”This “should be facilitated by unravelling certain administrative or regulatory locks.”
According to the leaked documents, however, Macron didn’t just turn a sympathetic ear to Uber, he even allegedly suggested that the firm should hand in “ready-made” amendments to the deputies he had good relations with, while being the company’s go-to-person if its premises were raided by French authorities.
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