Presidential 2022. Jules, 25-year-old entrepreneur, in Caen: “A sustainable economy is my priority! »
By Nicholas Claich
He is only 25 years old, but already six years of professional experience behind him. Manager of the fashionable Fripes store in Caen, in the city center of Caen (Calvados), Jules Figard shares the aspirations of his generation, just under two months before the presidential election. “For me, the priority is the environment,” he says. It’s the future of the planet that is at stake, and I have the impression that politicians don’t care when we have the technological means to offer 100% sustainable energy! “.
Disappointed by Emmanuel Macron
It is also out of ecological conviction that Jules got into the second-hand clothes business. Reuse, the circular economy, among the concerns of the game, he assures. “We must promote local businesses, help VSEs and SMEs, including at the tax level. There should be a progressive scheme depending on the size of the companies. The employer’s contributions represent as much as the salary that I pay myself…”.
If he appreciated the government aid during the various confinements linked to the Covid pandemic, Jules does not hide his disappointment, after five years of Macron’s presidency. “I had high hopes, he was showcasing his innovative spirit but in the end, I feel like it’s still old school politics. For me, politicians are people who seek to have power but do not know how to exercise it”.
As a business manager, who employs three people (including two on permanent contracts), Jules is also keen to highlight a subject that is close to his heart: equity between the different types of trade. “I don’t understand that there are no limits to diversification in mass distribution. You can buy bread, motor oil, parapharmacy, fries soon…Okay, it’s practical, but if you went to your mechanic, your fishmonger, your baker…everyone would be a winner”.
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