According to the Young UMP: Six Reasons for Political Involvement.

In a series of articles, La Jeune Politique will present a young UMP member and activist. He is 22 years old and has a buzz for politics. While most of the young disregard politics to instead focus on partying and enjoying the fun life of the youth, some others decide to further involve themselves the political culture of their country. Julien Blanc-Galera is one of those young people. What drew him to politics? In the first of this series, LJP asked,“Why did you decide to join the UMP? What values, ideas attracted you?”

Julien Blanc-Galera – My involvement within the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) is linked to Nicolas Sarkozy’s involvement as President of the Republic, well, his involvement as a candidate for the presidential elections, since for me he was the right wing. I have always been very close to the right wing, but no one has interested me enough to become politically involved with the UMP. I followed Nicolas Sarkozy when he was the Minister of the Interior and in his various functions within the government. Sarkozy was for me the man who was the trigger point of my political involvement. I wanted to follow and support him. His campaign themes in 2007 shared my values.

The first of them was security: more security, more harmony between policemen and gendarmerie. I also agreed with him in terms of immigration: no null immigration, nor a random one, but a controlled one, so as to regulate the mass of migrants.

The second value I share with Sarkozy concerns energy. I consider nuclear centrals as one of the main French assets. We can carry on developing renewable energy, we ought to do so, but the problem is how to do that. Consequently I do not think that directly stopping nuclear programs is a good solution as it is the case in Germany, which has stopped its nuclear programs but has reactivated its coal and gas programs, which contribute a lot of pollution. And it is important too to remember the fact that nuclear programs pollute less than wind-driven sources, coal, gas or hydraulics.

The third value I share with Nicolas Sarkozy concerns research, universities and education. The autonomous status of universities [is important] to give them the opportunity to be competitive, to welcome foreign students, to manage their budget, to create partnerships with corporation so as to ensure students to find internship or contracts within these corporations. Concerning national education, I was in favor of the removal of one position out of two, at least, for the replacement of one civil servant out of two.

Innovation is also very important for me: to ensure the development of research and employment. I am in favor of tax-exempt hours and overtime that are challenged by François Hollande. Indeed someone who did five hours of overtime, earned five hours [worth of pay with an additional] increased by 25% and corporations were not subjected to tax on this overtime. François Hollande with a decree, so not asking the opinion of the National Assembly, removes partly this overtime.  He re-sets up taxation on corporations and decreases the 25% increase. So now, an employer, instead of ensuring his employees do some overtime, and so to ensure that they have a higher buying power, will not do that anymore because it will cost him too much.

The last value that is important for me is justice: more morality, more efficiency, more sanctions, minimum sanctions, which were not applied by magistrates, and this was their right, because justice is independent. But for me this was a good measure. Justice, [is] to condemn people who were guilty. Young offenders should not be allowed to be free under the pretext that they are young. They have to be punished. Of course with adapted sanctions, but they are punished. This idea was totally deconstructed by Taubira when she arrived at the Minister of Justice when she removed criminal courts for the underage.

Finally the hope that Nicolas Sarkozy embodied for young people also influenced my political involvement. The hope that he gave to working, to meritocracy, this idea that thanks to our work we can climb the social ladder. Work is the vehicle of everything. So if we reduce the cost of work, we push more young people to go to corporations and we democratize the job market.  Politics is not here to create employment, but it is here to help to the creation of employment, so it will put in place measures that will try to ensure, or which aim to ensure, the creation of jobs, of solidarity.

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