Presidential candidates too cautious on development pledges – EURACTIV

Most of the candidates for Sunday’s (23 April) presidential election in France have made inadequate commitments on development aid. Just five of the 11 presidential hopefuls say they would boost spending to meet the OECD target of 0.7% of GNI. EURACTIV France reports.

As France prepares to head to the polls, the country’s development NGOs have painted a mixed picture of the programmes put forward by the candidates.

The NGOs Action Aid France – Peuples Solidaires, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, Oxfam France and Secours Catholique – Caritas France published their analysis of all 11 election candidates and the quality of their pledges in the area of international solidarity.

Based on 15 proposals aimed at improving French development policy, this analysis focused on issues such as tax evasion, ending the use of fossil fuels, solidarity with migrants and women’s rights.

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