Two tweets two moods. When Jean Castex was appointed Prime Minister on July 3, Xavier Bertrand, his former boss at the Ministry of Health and then of Labor, immediately saluted his “qualities as a servant of the State” while the president of LR Christian Jacob denounced a “Technocratic turn”. Like a summary of the contradictory feelings inspired on the right by this head of government, from his ranks, but now general-in-chief of Macronie.
“Man coming from the right, respected and respectable”, “servant of the State”: in his speech after the general policy speech (DPG) of the Prime Minister on July 15, the boss of deputies LR Damien Abad braids him more laurels than it puts these qualities in contradiction with “the ocean of at the same time ”In which the new tenant of Matignon will float. 90 LR deputies refused him confidence in the process. They were only 81 during Edouard Philippe’s speech.
Among those who voted against Jean Castex, his “friend” Julien Aubert. The two enarques met at the Court of Auditors. “He said to himself: i will serve. He thought blissfully that we would be more indulgent because he comes from LR, ”observes the deputy for Vaucluse. But the political game has its codes and the opposition, even if it calls itself “constructive”, is opposed. “He discovers Parliament. He knew the Elysee (Editor’s note: of which he was Deputy Secretary General from 2011 to 2012). It’s not the same thing. “
“A difference between a high official and a politician”
“He stiffened, hardened. It is a way for him to protect himself in political debates which he is not used to. But that does not correspond to his temperament ”, estimates Damien Abad. The president of the LR group noticed his shrug of the shoulders which betrayed his annoyance in the hemicycle when the right gunned him on the closing of small businesses. When he criticized him on October 29 in the Senate for the distortion of competition between small and large surfaces, Bruno Retailleau heard Jean Castex on the government bench let go: “It is unworthy”. “He’s an honest man. But political substance is not related to intelligence. There is a difference in nature, not in degree, between a high official and a politician. And this difference is revealed more quickly in times of crisis, “lashes the boss of senators LR.
“He is not aggressive like Gérald Darmanin. But when he speaks, there is no silence. It’s a sign, ”remarks the Vice-President (LR) of the National Assembly Annie Genevard, who often sits on the perch. The “contempt” that she says she observes against him “in LREM’s own ranks” would make him “almost sympathetic”. But “he is very slow in his interventions. His point is lost. He does not animate the political debate ”, adds the one who also participates in the meetings that the Prime Minister organizes in video regularly with the leaders of parties and parliamentary groups.
Julien Aubert, who still exchanges with him sometimes by SMS, assures us that he expected to find him “better”. “He is intellectually clever but he still has a Third Republic side in his com ‘…” he sighs. “There is a sincerity in him to want to do well. But he is locked in a Kafkaesque administrative straitjacket “, regrets Damien Abad who explains the tensions during meetings with the opposition by” the feeling that he gives that he consults, but that he decides nothing “.
As he had never met him in person, Christian Jacob saw him face to face on October 5 in Matignon. As if to better underline the weakness of his political weight, the president of LR now prefers to concentrate his shots against the head of state: “The subject today is not Castex, it is Macron and the at the same time. After almost four years in office, it is the total inability to carry a reform regardless of the Prime Minister. “Xavier Bertrand, him either, does not wish to comment on the action of his former right-hand man, five months after his arrival.
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