France to advocate multilateralism to address inequality at G7

(EurActiv, 7 Jan 2019) Fighting inequality and global warming will be key objectives of the French G7 Presidency in 2019. The aim of developing closer relations with Africa, in the interests of multilateralism, is also highlighted by France. EURACTIV France reports.

At both the French national and the international level, inequality attributed to globalisation is on everyone’s lips. In September 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron made a strong call to action before the United Nations General Assembly in which he mentioned “those left behind by globalisation.”

Several weeks later, as if to give substance to this message, the “yellow vest” movement held yet another demonstration on Saturday 5 January, following more than a month of protests.

The fight to add a “social dimension” to globalisation and to reduce these inequalities will be “unifying thread of the French G7 Presidency,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, at the presentation of the roadmap for the French mandate in Biarritz on 18 December.

Gender inequality

From 24 to 26 August, the Basque city will officiate a summit between the heads of state of the “group of seven” (France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and the United States), which is intended to represent the world’s leading economic powers. From 1 January, France took control of the group for a year, for the seventh time since it was established in 1975.

“One of the main priorities will be intensifying the fight against the issues of tax optimisation and tax havens,” the minister also stated.

However, these inequalities are not the only ones in French sights. The disparities between women and men, which is the “major cause” of Macron’s term in office, will be much discussed. A “pact of Biarritz for equality” and the creation of a “Simone Veil” prize are both in the pipeline, the latter aimed at rewarding measures that support women’s freedom.

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