May 4, 2007 / 1:25 PM / 13 years ago

FACTBOX: Policies of French presidential candidate Royal

(Reuters) - Socialist Segolene Royal is hoping to become France’s first woman president and opinion polls show her lying in second place before the April 22 first round vote.

Here are some of her main policy proposals:

ECONOMIC POLICY:

- Raise monthly minimum wage to 1,500 euros over five years; 5 pct increase in small pensions at or below minimum wage

- Create 500,000 jobs for young workers. Ensure no young person is left unemployed for more than six months without right to training or job. Encourage small firms to hire non-qualified school leavers, with state paying wages and charges for a year

- Abolish government’s CNE labor law, which makes it easier for small firms to hire and fire workers

- Review 35-hour work week with aim of “reducing negative consequences for workers and employees”

- Aim for annual economic growth of 2.5 percent from 2008; Cut public debt to 60 percent of gross domestic product by 2012 from some 64 percent in 2006

TAX, STATE AID, RESEARCH, BUSINESS LAWS

- Keep overall taxes and charges at current level

- Make state aid to companies conditional on promise not to shed staff when company is making substantial profits. Aid would have to be repaid if company relocated abroad

- Tax firms more on dividends, less on reinvested profits; change tax treatment of stock options; abolish “golden parachutes”

- Increase spending on research by 10 percent a year

- Build 120,000 public housing units a year

- Limit fees banks charge customers; allow customers to launch class action suits against them

LAW AND ORDER

- Create new “neighborhood police”; boost police presence in difficult areas

- Send young offenders to military-style boot camps

- Double budget for justice system to make it work faster

- Pass law to target violence against women

- Make it easier for victims of crime to file complaints by making police social workers available at police stations and allowing complaints to be filed via Internet.

ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT

- Create state energy cluster using EDF and GDF. Royal adviser has said this would not imply merger of two utilities

- Aim for 20 percent of French energy needs to be covered by renewable energies by 2020

- Impose “exceptional levy” on oil companies to pay for transport initiatives. Discourage transport by truck

- Create post of deputy prime minister with responsibility for environment

- Ban GMO testing in open countryside

EDUCATION

- Reduce class sizes, put second adult in classes if needed

- Change school catchment system to create socially mixed classes

HEALTH

- Increase research into serious illnesses

- Free contraceptives for women under 25

INSTITUTIONS

- Create “participative” democracy in all forms of public life, including citizen juries to oversee parliamentarians

- Limit number of ministers to around 15

- Strengthen parliament’s powers

- Allow foreign residents to vote in local elections

- Give residency papers to immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as time spent in France, work contract

- Allow gay couples to marry and adopt children

EUROPE

- Make European Central Bank adopt growth and employment as objectives as well as controlling inflation

- Favors Turkey’s EU entry in principle but says EU has to overcome its own problems before admitting Turkey

- Draw up new constitution including text on workers’ rights and public services and put the treaty to referendum in 2009

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