As the health crisis stretches out, the government wants to reaffirm its support for businesses. This Thursday, the Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne assured that the State would continue to support the partial activity of companies at 100% “as long as the crisis lasts”.
“It’s very clear, I really want businesses to be reassured, especially those that are closed, which have constraints related to the health situation; for all companies closed totally or partially, we will take over 100% of the partial activity as long as the crisis lasts, ”she declared on Europe 1.
Solidarity fund maintained
Asked about a possible “deadline”, set at “September”, Elisabeth Borne reaffirmed that the government “will protect the time it takes” all “the activities penalized by the crisis, which are closed completely, partially or which do not. fail to restart, (or those) which are not necessarily closed, such as hotels or events ”.
Regarding a possible increase in the solidarity fund to avoid cascading bankruptcies, Elisabeth Borne felt that it was necessary to “maintain” this device “for sectors in difficulty as long as it is (it) necessary”.
A “very hard” year for the most affected sectors
Asked about the pension reform, the Minister deemed it necessary and should be done “in consultation”, considering that the “absolute priority” was to “overcome the crisis” while respecting “dialogue with the social partners” . She was opposed at the end of November on this subject to the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, who qualified it as “absolute priority” and presented as a factor of “return to growth”.
On Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron promised to “give visibility” to the catering sector, in particular on the closure of bars and restaurants, which was extended until mid-February. “2020 has been very hard for all of your businesses (…) You have suffered a lot,” he added.
France “is one of the countries which has protected those who work the most” by providing “massive and rapid support”, and “we must continue to do so, improving”, he assured. The aid system will be maintained when the health situation improves and it will be necessary to “support the most fragile treasuries (of companies)” during the phase of economic recovery, according to him.