French PM promises to boost household finances ahead of snap vote

French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist alliance would lower power bills, soften inheritance tax and link pensions to inflation if it wins a snap election, the prime minister said, seeking to counter the threat from the far right and a left-wing bloc.

Macron's ruling Together alliance is the underdog in the parliamentary vote, which Macron called after suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of the far-right National Rally (RN) in this month's European elections.

The snap legislative elections will take place in two rounds on June 30 and July 7.

Macron's camp casts itself as a bulwark of democratic values and prudent economic management protecting the nation from profligate extremists on both flanks.

"The French have a choice between three blocs," Attal told a press conference, referring to the RN, his own Together alliance and the rebranded coalition of left-wing parties known as the Popular Front.

He said the policies advocated by either of the other blocs would lead to mass unemployment.

"Let's not take a leap into the unknown, from a great height without a parachute," he continued.

The RN and the Popular Front, setting out their own stalls at an event run by the Medef, an employers' organisation, both presented themselves as responsible economic managers, seeking to rebut the attacks from the Macron camp.

Coquerel said the extra spending promised by the bloc on measures such as lowering the retirement age would be funded by stronger economic growth and higher tax revenues from the wealthy.

"Europe and the world are watching us," he said.


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