Aurore Bergé announces the creation of a commission on parenthood

The Minister of Solidarity and Families, Aurore Bergé, announced on Saturday December 9 the establishment of “general interest work for defaulting parents” and the creation of a commission which will make “concrete proposals” to “address the challenges of parenting”

Aurore Bergé announces the creation of a commission on parenthood

The Minister of Solidarity and Families, Aurore Bergé, announced on Saturday December 9 the establishment of “general interest work for defaulting parents” and the creation of a commission which will make “concrete proposals” to “address the challenges of parenting”.

“With the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice, we will set up community service for defaulting parents, the payment of a financial contribution for parents of children guilty of damage to a victims' association and a fine for parents who do not appear at hearings which concern their children,” declared the minister in an interview with La Tribune Dimanche.

She also announced the creation, from Monday, of “a scientific commission, co-chaired by [child psychiatrist] Serge Hefez and Hélène Roques [author of Save Our Children]”, with “demographers, magistrates, child psychiatrists, philosophers” . They will have “six months to make concrete proposals to me”, intended to “meet the challenges of parenting today”, declares the minister.

The weekly specifies that the main avenues for reflection should concern options for supporting overwhelmed parents, resolving family conflicts and dealing with violence and addictions among young people. The duo, volunteers, will be surrounded by doctors, magistrates and sociologists, the researcher Irène Théry, the child psychiatrist David Cohen and even the judge Alice Grunenwald, adds the newspaper.

“An issue of authority to be restored”

“I have one certainty: we cannot do without parents, nor do without them, nor against them,” says Aurore Bergé, who begins on Monday “a parenting tour of France”, with a first stage close to 'Angers.

“There is clearly an issue of authority to be restored, it is neither corny nor reactionary to say so. We can clearly see that parents can be overwhelmed, disconcerted in the face of new risks: a sedentary lifestyle, the growing importance of screens too. And all social circles are affected,” declares the minister, who wants to “give parents back their rightful place.” They “cannot be forgotten in our public policies.”

She denies wanting to “deliver instructions, because there is none”. “On the other hand, we can support those who feel alone when faced with moments of change and anxiety, those who see their authority challenged by pseudo-experts who are deployed on TikTok,” she specifies.

Referring to “these mothers going out into the street in the evening to collect their children and put them back on the right path” during the riots at the end of June, Aurore Bergé believes that “we cannot be interested in parenthood only in the face of crises”.

“What does it mean to be parents? And where is the second parent, often the father? Fathers can't just be about child support. Society has ended up accepting the fact that women take on certain tasks with children alone,” she notes.