After the controversy, explanations. The boss of the Modem, François Bayrou, attacked for having considered Sunday that to gain 4000 euros monthly, it was to belong to “the middle class”, considered Monday that it was not necessary to “stigmatize” those who “raised the degrees” in the society.
Asked Sunday on RTL on the opportunity of an exceptional contribution from the richest during the Covid-19 period, François Bayrou replied: “Why not? “He added, however:” 4000 euros per month, for me, it’s the middle classes “; “I’m not saying it’s the rich”.
The assertion has sparked much criticism, especially on social networks, the left accusing it of being “disconnected” from reality.
“It’s stupid and even insulting”
In his time, former President François Hollande had for his part considered that this threshold marked the entry into wealth. “For me, (François Hollande’s statement) was stupid; for me, 4000 euros of income, it was middle class ”, explained the president of MoDem in a video published Monday on his Facebook page, speaking of households and not of a single person.
“A couple of nurses at the hospital, together, they earn between 4,500 and 5,000 euros; the average retirement of a teacher is 2600 euros per month and a couple of retired teachers, so they earn a little more than 5000 euros per month: can we claim that these nurses, these teachers, are rich? », He asked. “Obviously, it’s stupid and even, in a way, insulting”, replied François Bayrou.
“I am not going to pretend that they are rich, because behind the word rich, there is an accusation of privileges that we know well in our country, it is a question of stigmatizing, of targeting,” he said. he still considered, feeling that “it is both malicious and hurtful”.
Noting that many researchers trained in France then settled abroad, according to him for lack of recognition “in all senses of the word”, the High Commissioner for Planning called for this recognition to be “also by the income that can be obtained through research and work ”. According to him, “on the contrary, we should ask ourselves why we have salaries in France as low as what we have”.
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