Macron was accused of 'recycling the old political class'
Filmmaker and and political activist François Ruffin said Mr Macron's policies will benefit the rich at the expense of the poor and put civil society “under pressure”.
Mr Ruffin has openly criticised Mr Macron’s proposed economic policies in the past and once told newspaper Le Monde that the French people “hated” the young centrist.
Speaking during a radio interview, Mr Ruffin said: “Mr Macron, he’s a baby-faced Thatcherite. He is recycling the old political class. His policies will not bring about change because they are the same policies that have been in place for more than 30 years.”
Mr Macron has pledged to cut corporate tax to 25 per cent from 33.33 per cent to attract foreign investors, cut France's unemployment rate to seven per cent by 2022 from 10 per cent currently, and has said he would make it easier for firms to sack workers by capping severance packages.
He has also pledged to unify France's 37 different pension systems into one and to overhaul the unemployment insurance system to take its management away from unions and bosses.
François Ruffin said Mr Macron's policies will benefit the rich at the expense of the poor
Mr Ruffin is standing as a candidate for Jean-Luc Mélenchon's party La France Insoumise
Mr Ruffin said: “I do not hate Mr Macron. But he represents the all-powerful political elite, and his policies go against everything I stand for.”
Mr Macron, a former economy minister, has promised to restore France's status in Europe and in the world and to heal divisions in society.
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He has also pledged to transform France with major overhauls of the post-war pension and welfare systems.
Mr Ruffin is standing as a candidate in the June parliamentary elections for La France Insoumise, the Communist-backed party led by hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon.