Ten million French people to listen to Jean Castex’s announcements on Sunday evening on TF1, but a gesture that viewers and social networks will have essentially retained from this intervention: a finger of honor, confusedly erected to the presenter while he listed the government axes to fight the virus. And obviously the screenshot made social networks happy …
“A failed act. He is so annoyed by the controversies over crisis management and the comments of the opposition, that it unconsciously meant to all those who criticize him to go and be seen, ”translates a member of the government, struck by the enormous rant from the Prime Minister two days later on the benches of the Assembly, while he returned to the orders of certain mayors defying the obligation to close shops. “We do not call on mayors, servants of the Republics, to violate the laws of the Republic! It is not possible! He got carried away, red with anger.
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In fact, the more the days pass, the steeper the slope for the tenant of Matignon. With his share of “pissing off”, as he usually says in private, and above all with increasing questions about his ability to steer the ship in heavy weather. “Nothing is required, it goes lollipop from all sides”, laments a ministerial adviser, who shouts just over the last few days the failed implementation of the reconfinement, the quack of spokesman Gabriel Attal on the covers -fire in Paris. Or the huge blunder in the Assembly on the extension of the state of health emergency until December 16, and not February 14 as initially planned, for lack of sufficient LREM parliamentarians in the hemicycle.
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Worse, its difficulty in getting messages across to the public worries more than one at the top of the State. “The transmitter is not strong enough. Castex, it doesn’t work. We are more lost after hearing it than before. The French do not listen to him ”, goes cash a deputy.
This can sometimes have its advantage, like his stance on colonization on Sunday evening, for which he castigated any repentance, even though the Head of State had qualified it as a “crime against humanity ”in 2017. A blunder which, and this in itself is a lesson, has gone almost unnoticed. “Valls would have said this sentence, Darmanin would have said this sentence, it would have been interpreted politically. But there, nobody puts an ideological will or a malice to launch a political debate between him and the president ”, decrypts a close friend of Macron.
“We do not understand anything anymore”
So behind the scenes, the voices are loosening more and more. “It started off pretty well, but now we don’t understand a thing. If as Martine Aubry said, when it’s blurry, there’s a wolf, there, it is no longer a wolf, it is a pack… ”balances a heavyweight of the majority. And a leading minister to assess Jean Castex, without taking care to hide his irony in the slightest: “He is doing better and better …”
At the Elysée, there is no question of maintaining this little music. Last week in the Council of Ministers, the President of the Republic also recalled the duty of government solidarity, “to unite with each other”. He also recently passed instructions to make “positive comments to journalists” on Castex. “The Prime Minister is on the front line, so he wipes the heavy and crossed fires of those who are angry, sometimes without even knowing why”, defends for his part the LREM deputy Roland Lescure, who has nevertheless found a change of tone in recent years. days: “He hits more, he responds to the blow, he is hardening. “
“Today, it is fashionable to do Saint-Castex”
Others are still regretting the time of Edouard Philippe and his chief of staff Benoit Ribadeau-Dumas, who nevertheless suffered a lot of criticism at the time. “Things were held to the line. Ribadeau and Alexis Kohler (Editor’s note, secretary general of the Elysée) also had a real complicity, it played a lot for the fluidity of relations in the executive couple, ”explains an adviser, while suspecting some ministers of already thinking about the post-Castex.
“Today, it is fashionable to make the Saint-Castex, including in the majority, slice the boss of the MoDem group in the Assembly, Patrick Mignola. Of course, he does not make the two sentences that will make the AFP dispatch. But at the end of his interview on TF1, we tell ourselves that he still has the general interest at heart and that he is sincere. “” Me, I was also struck by this remark of one of my fellow citizens after seeing it Sunday evening on television, continues François Bayrou. She said : Him, he’s not like the others, he’s not a rogue politician. “
Can he still stay at Matignon until the end of the five-year term? “It’s a question,” admits a regular Macron interlocutor. “We always tend to think that the French expect strong men, matamores, but the French also expect humility, engages a close friend of the president. We have often been criticized for arrogance. So having someone who is Gaston Lagaffe from time to time is not necessarily a bad thing. “
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr