Emmanuel Macron is going to Limousin this Monday and Tuesday to present his results in the rural world, on subjects such as white areas, the return of public services or medical deserts, sensitive points as the presidential election approaches.
After Cher and Allier in mid-December, then Aisne and the North in mid-January, the Head of State and quasi-candidate will begin this new regional tour by Creuse, in Ahun (1,400 inhabitants) and Bourganeuf (2,700 inhabitants), then Tuesday Haute-Vienne, in Saint Léonard-de-Noblat (4,600 inhabitants) and finally Oradour-sur-Glane to decorate the last survivor of the massacre committed by the SS in 1944.
It will be “listening” to the territories but does not plan any announcements, specifies the Elysée.
More white areas
A “Rural Agenda” launched in 2017 by the executive has been “93.5% completed or committed”, according to the Elysée, which agrees that part is “still under construction” as shown by the lack of doctors or the persistence of white areas. La Creuse also benefited from a “special plan” of 57 million euros.
Among the achievements, the Elysée highlights the opening of “France services” houses – already 2,000 open in France, which each group together at least nine public services – as well as the creation of positions for “territorial volunteers in administration”, jobs subsidized by the State to the tune of 15,000 euros per year.
Convince young doctors to settle in the countryside
Main black spot, the lack of doctors. La Creuse has one of the lowest medical densities in the region and the number of general practitioners decreased by 13% in 2017, said the Elysée.
This subject will be addressed by the Head of State during a round table on Monday in Bourganeuf. The whole question remains to convince young graduate doctors, who most often prefer to settle in town.
“The president will ask the question of taking additional steps” to encourage them to settle there because “the efforts made to create nursing homes do not fill the demographic gap”, indicate his advisers.
Candidate LR Valérie Pécresse suggested creating a compulsory 4th year in medical deserts for medical students.