France is at risk! As of last year, by choosing the title “Acting in the face of the world’s deregulations”, we thought that the years 2020 and 2021 would be very difficult, but we could not imagine that a health crisis would hysterize this world of violence making it totally unpredictable. Given the gravity of the situation, we took a risky bet by deciding, with the entire team of the Circle of Economists, to maintain the Meetings. This could not have been done without the essential support of all of our partners and Radio France.
Our will remains unchanged for this twentieth edition renamed Aix-en-Seine: to initiate the debate, to illuminate as yet unexplored paths to bring new ideas, emergency solutions to the major disruptions of our time. For this, 300 speakers will participate in 52 sessions, broadcast live from franceinfo.fr, on July 3, 4 and 5!
How to accelerate economic recovery
The novelty is the diversity of the speakers, the participation of the two leaders of the European executive, Ursula Van der Leyen and Charles Michel, and that of the representatives of all the union and political forces of our country, beyond the hundred foreign speakers. The objective is to launch the debate in our country, without which it will be extremely difficult to put French society back on track.
At the beginning of 2020, a pandemic of unrivaled magnitude came to overlap with the great transitions, already underway, in our societies. Of health origin, the crisis becomes economic and social with new imbalances which appear. It is true that we are already witnessing major disturbances. They are climatic, unequal, demographic, geopolitical. Today, it is clear that they have strengthened among themselves. The latest is obviously the health imbalance caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
We thought, wrongly, that the world, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, had settled down, that international institutions were going to regulate this “global village”. On the contrary, the risk picture has widened. Failure of technical progress, aging of the population, unlimited financialization of the economy, widening of inequalities … the end of history, concept theorized by Francis Fukuyama, seems far away!
Contrary to the idea of a rapid economic recovery, which is more akin to the voodoo economy, we believe that the recovery will be slow and difficult. The health crisis has fueled new anxieties, which have a deleterious effect on the economy.
However, any simplifying answer would be unwelcome. Faced with these challenges, three main points appear important to us. First of all, to bounce back, we need to organize a major recovery plan which must be shared and must have been debated by all the players in society. It should allow us to create the conditions for a dynamic and united society to restore trust with society. Finally, we must rewrite the history of relations between nations. Multilateralism, which has already been turned upside down, must be rethought, like the world economy, because of slow growth and the desire to reduce inequalities and carbon emissions.
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This major recovery plan will have to respond both to short-term problems to limit the economic insecurity of the youngest and the most affected sectors, including aeronautics and the automobile, and to the desire of the population to find their bearings. towards a fairer, more united, greener society, expressed through the citizen mobilizations of these last months. At the risk if not to develop a society marked by its many fractures, including the war between generations. This also means rethinking our economy with a view to slow growth and stagnant income for part of the population.
Maintaining the Economic Meetings and offering them a new framework for their twentieth edition was necessary in this very special period which deeply marked all of us by its instability. During the past three months, we have worked with passion to redraw the contours of the debates, so that they reflect as much as possible the challenges of today and tomorrow. We did everything we could to bring together all the stakeholders at national and European level (unions, politicians, academics, think tanks) to build our future together.
It is now a question of implementing concrete responses at all levels, be they economic or social, technological or political, collective or individual, coordinated by the public authorities or by private initiative. It is this particularly ambitious vision that we invite you to share throughout this 20e edition of the Aix-en-Provence Economic Meetings which became Aix-en-Seine.
The often frightening description of the challenges we have to face must not paralyze us. Stillness would be the worst answer. After the last three editions of the Meetings devoted to the precise analysis of these dangers and the outline of possible solutions, we must now take action!