“It is imperative that people realize the gravity of the situation before it is too late. We must continue to have a very clear statement on the health situation, ”insists a framework of the majority, on Tuesday morning. Another abounds: “This is the stake of the day. Because, in fact, four days after the start of the second confinement, between protests from traders and an imbroglio (on the curfew, this Tuesday morning), the executive is struggling to get its message across.
“Public opinion is tired, weary, incomprehensible and contested. This is undoubtedly normal, ”said Prime Minister Jean Castex, according to a participant, from the start of the meeting (by videoconference) of the LREM group in the Assembly. And to add, from the same source: “We must tell our fellow citizens that the health crisis is here, that it has returned, that it will increase and that we must take the right measures in the face of this situation. The acceptability, by our fellow citizens, of these measures depends on the apprehension of the health crisis. “Same tone, during the last meetings of the executives of the majority, in particular this Tuesday morning during the traditional breakfast of Matignon (also in video) which brings together the main executives of Macronie.
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In this context, the mayors who have taken controversial decrees authorizing the opening of small businesses in their city are particularly in the sights. “If they blur the message even more …” breathes a participant of this weekly meeting, while another manifests “the will to be offensive”. Admittedly, it was recalled during this exchange that these decrees only concern a minority of city councilors. “We must not exaggerate the scale of the phenomenon”, insists one within the executive, recalling that out of some 36,000 communes, “initially there were 71, and that 16 have been withdrawn”.
“Put local elected representatives in front of their responsibilities”
The fact remains that “it irritates a lot”, blows a ministerial adviser evoking “an exasperation at the highest level”. So the tone could still rise, including on the side of the Prime Minister, who has however always posed as a defender of local elected officials. “I don’t think he wants to make things worse and threaten, but he’s going to put them in front of their responsibilities,” says a parliamentarian.
“Instructions were given to the prefects to refer to the administrative courts. And we also think about the modalities according to which this would fall under the endangering of the life of others. We cannot afford to do po-pol even though lives are in danger ”, we confirm within the executive, when a participant at the majority breakfast recalls that the Fauchon law does not protect the city councilors in the event of a deliberate breach of the obligations of protection… “At one point, we still have to make examples”, insists the same, reassembled. Thinking of those who would have promised to pay the fines of traders, such as Brigitte Barèges, the mayor of Montauban, another framework of the majority evokes the possibility of “looking” on the side of the endowments considering that “offering to reimburse, it becomes a bit strong coffee ”.
A response in due form, while even within the majority some continue to question the “consistency” of the measures concerning so-called essential and non-essential products.
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