There is the commando team that is managing the coronavirus crisis. These ministers are on television. They trust press conferences. They follow on from the Defense Councils, the next meeting of which will take place on Wednesday. The pillars are Olivier Véran (Health), Bruno Le Maire (Economy), Jean-Michel Blanquer (Education), Gérald Darmanin (Interior) and Elisabeth Borne (Work). And then there are the others, who make up the “second line”. In a government of 43 members, a record since Alain Juppé, this group is bloated. In the lot, a group of secretaries of state are having their first experience of power … at the worst moment.
Matignon intimate them to be silent. If a minister wishes to express himself in the media, he is subject to a prior green light. “It is in our appreciation”, sums up an adviser to Jean Castex. It is about not scrambling the messages of the executive at a time when every word can ignite. They are also ordered to limit their movements so as not to interfere with the prefectures, overwhelmed by the situation.
Warned of the reconfinement by Macron … on television
Suffice to say that the parties are far from the ball. “There are two levels of information between us, it’s inevitable,” sums up a minister at the heart of the reactor. On October 28, the day of the announcement on television of the reconfinement, Emmanuel Macron told the participants of the Defense Council, but did not breathe a word about it during the Council of Ministers which was held in the wake for fear of leaks. This body is moreover in the process of becoming a simple recording chamber. It was therefore on television that certain ministers learned that the country was going under cover …
To avoid frustration, Jean Castex sets up a weekly “information meeting” with the entire government. It is now done by audioconference, as there are so many pairs of ears. ” Jean Michel [Blanquer], can you give us an update on your sector? », Launches the tenant of Matignon, who distributes the floor to the ministers of weight. A tunnel of interventions follows.
In this context, many Deputy Ministers or Secretaries of State must review their plans, if they are not occupied with the management of health, economic or security crises. The Secretary of State for Rurality Joël Giraud spends most of his week confined in a family home in Allier. Last Saturday, he returned to Paris for an interministerial committee on his subject with the Prime Minister. He got lucky. Most of his colleagues had to deprogram their actions. In technocratic jargon, we speak of “deprioritized files”. The reform of public broadcasting or that, emblematic, pensions seem stuck.
From now on, priority to very political reforms
To avoid disappearing, a little trick doesn’t hurt. Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin took part in the start of the Vendée Globe. On board the organizers’ boat, she spoke to the skippers: “The French will follow you for several months,” she said in a radio message. You will allow us to escape. I hope that when you arrive there will be thousands on the quays of Sables-d’Olonne. “Overseas Minister Sébastien Lecornu has extended his stay in New Caledonia after the referendum. He also flew to Réunion where a violent fire destroyed an ecological site classified as a UNESCO heritage site.
This Monday, it is the turn of the number 3 of the government, Barbara Pompili, to come out of oblivion. She must launch a communication operation to urge the French to sort their masks. Behind the scenes, the Minister of Ecological Transition is preparing her bill incorporating proposals from the Citizens’ Convention which ended in June. It will undoubtedly be presented in January. If the reforms are slowed down, not all are stopped. “Those who will be markers for the presidential election still have a chance to succeed,” sums up a government adviser. The text on Dependency is expected during the first quarter. The end of the five-year term will seem very long to some.
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