Marine Le Pen and Anne Hidalgo were the only two presidential candidates, out of eight guests, to go in the flesh, Wednesday March 23, to the Handébat, the “grand oral” organized by actors of solidarity towards people with disabilities, at the Maison de la radio in Paris. The others brought in spokespersons.
Invited to detail her program, the socialist candidate assured that “the issue of disability, accessibility will be within the remit of each minister”. “But I will also have a full-fledged minister in charge of autonomy for old age and disability”, she clarified. The candidate wants a “national conference” on the subject from the summer of 2022 and “the creation of 130,000 crèche places for children with disabilities”. Mme Hidalgo called for making a “leap forward in our accessibility”pointing out that there was a lot to do “in public transport, our streets, our services, our establishments open to the public”.
The candidate of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, said to consider the handicap “as a wealth for society because it reveals our humanity”. However, according to her, we have locked up public policies on the subject “in accounting logics”. The far-right candidate wants “enshrine in the Constitution the principle of non-discrimination on the basis of disability”, “deconjugalize the disabled adult allowance [AAH] » and the “revalue to 1,000 euros”. Finally, she wants “multiply localized units for inclusive education [ULIS] ».
“Yes, we are late”
Emmanuel Macron defended his record on the issue through a video recorded for the occasion. “Twenty-seven thousand jobs have been created to help children with disabilities”said the outgoing president, before moving on to “the end of administrative complexity by granting rights for life” and praise the « revaluation of the AAH from 100 euros ».
Sophie Cluzel, the Secretary of State in charge of disability, came to support the words of the Head of State. “Yes, we are behind on accessibility programs, it’s undeniableshe confided. We were held back for two years by Covid. I’m not afraid to say it because we had launched a lot of things, in particular the accessibility ambassadors, which we were unable to deploy, to really help day-to-day accessibility. »
Asked about the “deconjugalization” of the AAH, Sophie Cluzel repeated that she was not in favor of it, arguing that it is a social minimum, therefore based on national solidarity and solidarity between spouses. A vision that the associations do not share. For them, it is indeed a service of autonomy, because the handicap often has a definitive character, while the social minimum must rather compensate for a temporary difficulty.
In his own video, the communist candidate, Fabien Roussel, said he had “put the principle of equality at the heart” of his project. Also in favor of the individualization of the AAH, he announced that he wanted to create a “universal autonomy benefit”which would be at minimum wage level [que] we want to increase it to 1,500 euros net”.
Deconjugalization is also on the program of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, as argued by the deputy Adrien Quatennens, who came to represent the candidate of La France insoumise. It is also a question of raising it to the level of the minimum wage, which would be increased to 1,400 euros. For him, it is time to consider that “disability is not a characteristic of the person, but of the environment” often unsuitable in which it evolves.
In her recorded video, Valérie Pécresse said that she was committed, like Anne Hidalgo, to making disability a “transversal theme” for all departments. She said wish “that a disabled adult who survives his parents can benefit from the survivor’s pension of the last surviving parent”and that the disability compensation benefit “paid today by the departments” that is “extended to other types of disability, and in particular to psychic disabilities”.
“12 million people”
Eric Zemmour was represented by Laurence Trochu. “The question of the education of children with disabilities requires flexibility and case by case”estimated the president of the Conservative Movement (ex-Common sense, close to La Manif pour tous). “Eric Zemmour proposes to create 50,000 positions to support students with disabilities and to train them”, she further highlighted. In January, the Reconquest candidate! had caused an outcry after remarks on access to school for children with disabilities.
That many pretenders to the Elysée bring in lieutenants “illustrates the candidates’ interest in the subject”lamented before this “great oral” Eric Blanchet, president of Ladapt, association for the social and professional integration of people with disabilities, interviewed on Franceinfo Wednesday morning. “People with disabilities feel excluded”he added, declining the “lack of access to care, work, public services”. Anthony Martins-Misse, Paralympic judoka, also said he was disappointed. “We can only regret that some do not come because the subject concerns 12 million people. It is still 20% of the French population and 10 million caregivers “he pointed to Sud Radio.